After being beaten by third bottom Wigan Athletic last time out, the next three league games are very important for Newcastle United, and in between those league games, we also have the two Europa League games against Benfica.
Jonas Gutierrez – happy if we can get in top 10
We play at Manchester City on Saturday afternoon, and then we go into two games a week, as we start the two Benfica games on the following Thursday, and Newcastle have two home games against Fulham and Sunderland in successive Sundays, following the games in Europe.
And we need to get 6 points from those three games to ensure we’ll be safe in the Premier League.
It will be difficult if do well and progress in the Europa League, if we keep losing our league games, and we cannot allow that to happen.
Of course if we can also start putting a string of wins together, we could advance in the Europa League and also start moving up the Premier League table – which has to be the goal.
Newcastle are now 13th in the league table, and it would be good to get a point at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, and a win would be fantastic and make up for the disappointment at Wigan.
This is what Jonas Gutierrez said today in the local papers:
“It’s been a good thing.” “In the last few games we’ve had a lot of injuries. We want some of the squad back now.”“We’ve had a two-week break, which is good because we have a lot of important games coming up.”
“What has been good is that we have been able to breathe easier because we have put some distance between us and the bottom places.” “It’s good to focus and be able to look up the table the other way.”
“We hope that we can do the right thing and get the four or five wins we’d like and do well in the Europa League too.” “If we can go through in that – and finish in the top 10 – we’d be happy.”
“All of the teams in the Premier League are difficult.” “We saw in the last game against Wigan. They were bottom three, but they played a great game.” “We deserved something out of it but we got beat.”
“Maybe in the next game we’ll deserve to lose and take three points, that’s football.” “If we concentrate for 90 minutes, we should get something.”
The best we could do in the next three league games is to win our two games at home, and pick up a point at the Etihad Stadium – and somehow get through the two-legged tie against Benfica.
But maybe I’m underestimating our side – and maybe can get three wins in the league and also somehow qualify for the last four of the Europa League, – and if we can do that we’ll be flying high – very high.
But there’s no doubt that our next five games will make or break our season.
What do you think?
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