Davide Santon already has a Champions League winners’ medal with former club Inter Milan, when they were managed by Jose Mourinho back in 2010, and they beat Bayern Munich 2-0 in Madrid’s Bernabeu Stadium.
Davide Santon – quarter finals not good enough
Davide was just 19 years old back then, so it’s probably not a surprise when the Italian International says while it would be good if the Magpies can make it through to the last eight in the Europa League – that wouldn’t be good enough.
Davide is now 22, and he had this to say about the game tomorrow night:
“When we started the season, we had a really good team, but we had some problems because a lot of players were injured.” “But the new players have been really important for us because if we didn’t have them, we wouldn’t be in this position now, so it was really important for us.”
“But I would not be happy to go only as far as the quarter-final.” “Like the manager said, I think the same. If we can get to the quarter-final, I think we can win the competition.” “We know in this competition there are a lot of big teams, but I think Newcastle is a big team as well.”
Newcastle will be without French winger Ben Arfa tomorrow night, because he is still having problems with that hamstring of his, and the 26 year-old is to visit with a specialist on Thursday, and hopefully the problem can be identified and then fixed.
With Ben Arfa out, we fully expect Sylvain Marveaux to get a start on the right wing in Ben Arfa’s place, so we have some creativity in the side, which was badly missing for most of the game on Sunday, before Marveaux brilliantly set up Papiss Cisse for the winning goal.
And we could even see Davide Santon at right back tomorrow night, to accommodate 20 year-old Massadio Haidara at left back – with the young Frenchman looking very good for the Newcastle first team, when he’s played.
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