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Pardew – The Big Players Will Decide The Game Tonight

1:39 am, Thursday, March 7th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 4 Comments

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.

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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.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bambams // Mar 7, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    If we can keep it close and even pinch one goal to bring back to st james……

  • 2 one Tony Green // Mar 7, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    No kidding Sherlock Pardew. Please please please keep your clacker shut Mr Pardew. We all know Anzi are seen as favourites. IMO we do not have fantastic technical ability, Taylor, Tiote, Cisse, Perch, Shola, Simpson, Obertan, Jonas or Bigi are hardly mantra’s of the technically gifted. Even one of our gifted players, Cabaye cannot take a corner. Before all you armchair fans overseas start having a pop you don’t go to all the matches and are not having to pay to watch the parcel the fans who actually follow the club do. Again before you have a go I understand that the logistics make it impossible for you to attend. Been following the club home and away now over 40 years. Following Newcastle is like taking a drug you know it is bad for you but you still do it. It uses all your money, breaks up relationships and the highs are great but the lows are long and painful. Even if you break the habit of going to matches you still end up trying to watch it on a laptop or illegal TV channel to help you with the come down. Then we come on blogs to seek help but it never comes never I tell you.

    Toon addiction

  • 3 martoon // Mar 7, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    I would not blame the Toon for breaking up your relationships – it is probably more due to the fact you are a complete tool. :)

  • 4 toonincheek // Mar 7, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    One T G –

    Have you ever thought it’s your negative attitude
    that causes you trouble? Likely that you carry it
    with you.
    Home, office, mates, blogs etc.




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