Guus Hiddink has been watching Newcastle in the last few games, and the Anzhi Makhachkala manager seems to have formed a good opinion about the current Newcastle side, and he thinks they are a good side who don’t wait back – and they have modern players with skill, and they are what Guus calls a modern team.
Guus Hiddink – Newcastle are full of initiatives
But of course Newcastle are still looking over their shoulders at a relegation possibility in the Premier League, but Hiddink seems impressed with the new Newcastle – after Mike Ashley brought in five French players in January for around £18M.
This is what Hiddink had to say to the press today:
“From what I saw in the last games, I respect the way they are playing.” “It’s not a waiting team – it’s a team full of initiative – and that’s a team people like to see.”
“That’s why we play football – for people to enjoy the team. Although we have to play them, and that’s why we have focused a bit more on them, if we didn’t have to play them, I would still enjoy seeing a team with such an attitude.”
“They have modern-equipped players in all positions.” “But of course if you mention the big names – Shola Ameobi, Papiss Cisse, Moussa Sissoko – all the players are technically skillful, but also in the athletic part of the game, they are very powerful.”
“But it’s a team I think now has a good balance in their defense, although there might be some changes.” “But if Fabricio Coloccini cannot play, Steven Taylor can play, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa can play. They are strong.”
“I am sure they also have aims of being in the final in Amsterdam on May 15, that’s what I’ve heard.” “There will be no difference in their attitude. They won’t think ‘we have to play on Saturday or Sunday in the Premier League, we will take this game for granted’. ”
“No way whatsoever – like us.”
Newcastle will likely start with a back four of Simpson Taylor (S) Yanga-Mbiwa and Haidara, and that’s the same back four that played at Metalist Kharkiv, apart from Steven Taylor coming in for the injured Fab Coloccini.
Alan Pardew will have to keep some players fresh for the Stoke City game on Sunday, and Mathieu Debuchy and Yoan Gouffran are ineligible and didn’t travel to Moscow, and we think Davide Santon and Cheick Tiote will also be on the bench tonight and should be fresh for Sunday, and of course Papiss Cisse should also be ready to play, after he gets over his virus.
And captain Fabricio Coloccini has an outside chance of starting against Stoke City – depending on how quickly his injured back recovers.
It would be great to get two wins in our next two games, but we’d take a draw and a win – but it is important we beat Stoke On Sunday afternoon at home.
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