The Russian side Newcastle come up against tonight boast world-famous names like Samuel Eto’o and Yuri Zhirkov, but Newcastle also have some top class players in Yohan Cabaye and Moussa Sissoko, and the Newcastle manager Alan pardew thinks that the big players in the game tonight – on both sides – will decide the game.
Yuri Zhirkov – in Anzhi Makhachkala colors
Alan Pardew is in Moscow with his 19 man squad for Newcastle’s biggest test to date in Europe this season, and he has spent a good three weeks studying the way Anzhi Makhachkala play, and also knows some of their top players well, so Newcastle will be well prepared for the game, although Anzhi are still firm favorites to beat Newcastle in this tie.
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
“We’ve been studying them for three weeks so we have a good knowledge of their style, of their ability.” “Individually, I know Zhirkov from his Chelsea days and also Willian is somebody that I know well.”
“In terms of Lassana Diarra, who’s the main source of their midfield, again he’s somebody that we know well.” “So it’s not an unfamiliar team to us and the fact that they played twice against Liverpool in the group stages gives us insight into them.”
“I think for us, we certainly are the underdogs in this tie.” “The surface and the quality of the opposition is going to make it very difficult for us to get through.” “It’s difficult to predict how the game will unfold.”
“There’s goalscorers in both teams and you’re going to have two completely different games because the surfaces are going to determine that.” “The complexion of the games, I can’t predict but what I do know is that both teams have fantastic technical ability and it will be a tough, tough technical game.”
“The big players in the groups – their group and our group – will ultimately decide it.”
The game kicks off at 5:00 pm Newcastle time, an early kick-off, and you never know what may happen, we may shock a lot of people in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium tonight.
Howay The Lads!!
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