Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was pleased to see the Magpies get a favorable draw in the quarter finals of the Europa League earlier today, when we were drawn against Portuguese side Benfica, who finished second to Porto in the Primeira Liga last season.
Alan Pardew – on hearing the draw this morning
This is what Alan had to say on the Newcastle web-site after the draw:
“It’s a great draw for us.””The Estádio da Luz is a great venue. I’ve been there and it’s a fantastic stadium.” “Importantly, we are at home in the second-leg and that will give us an advantage.”
“I’m sure we will have a full house for that. After what the stadium was like last night, I know it will be another brilliant atmosphere, and let’s hope we can bring a result back from Benfica in the first-leg.”
It’s a good draw for a number of reasons – there are stronger sides left in the competition, it’s not a long way to travel – like we had to travel to the Ukraine and Russia in the last two legs – and we play the second game at home.
We have to have a great chance of making it through to the last four.
But we suppose in in the next day – we’ll need to turn our attention to Wigan Athletic – because we need a win at the DW Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Howay The Lads!!
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