At Alan Pardew’s press conference on Wednesday afternoon, the Newcastle manager pointed out that Anzhi have some top players, who could cause Newcastle some problems tomorrow night.
Alan Pardew at his press conference
Yes – that beard is growing
But it seems that the Tyneside club have had some success in selling tickets for the game, and over 42,000 fans are now expected to attend the game against Anzhi Makhachkala, and that could be a great advantage to the Magpies.
Here’s what the Newcastle manager had to say about the game, which is one of the biggest in Europe for many years for Newcastle:
“You don’t want to win on away goals, you’ve got to win the game. The agenda’s in front of us, the emphasis is on us and we’ll have 42,000 Geordies in here going mad.” “They have had experience of playing against Premier League opposition this year, at Liverpool – they lost 1-0 – and I think this game will be tougher for them.”
“I spoke to Brendan Rodgers about the two fixtures that they had. Of course I’m not going to disclose the ins and outs of what we both felt tactically might be the answer but he was very complimentary of their ability and their players.” “He gave me a couple of little warnings and a couple of pieces he thought we could benefit from – no more than that.
“We’ve also done an analytical study of their games. We watched and analysed their game on Sunday so we know all we need to know about the opposition. “That doesn’t mean to say we can stop them – they’ve got some outstanding players and one of the best managers in the last two or three decades in charge, so it’s a tough agenda for us, make no mistake.
“But I still have a strong feeling that we can win, and our fans will on the back of three home wins. We’re going into it with good confidence.” “I think it’s two really, really good sides – there’s no doubt about that.”
“They have good quality. Jucilei, who our fans won’t know, sits in front of their back four and is an outstanding player. They obviously have Samuel Eto’o and if Willian plays, they have offensive players that are going to cause us trouble.”
“But we’re really in good form and we have a great spirit at the training ground at the moment. It’s a great opportunity for us and we’re going to try to take that.”
We’d be surprised if Willian is fit to play, after damaging his hamstring in the game last Thursday night in Moscow, and he missed the Russian Premier League game on Sunday, and we expect Lacina Traore to start in his place.
Of course 22 year-old Ivorian Traore, is also an excellent up and coming player.
Here’s hoping we can get through tomorrow night.
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