We like it when Derek LLambias gives his interviews to the press, because he tells us a lot of things that are going on at the club behind the scenes, and the things he talks about are very interesting to Newcastle fans.
The last time Derek talked was after we had brought in five French players in January, and Derek talked about the players and the scouting system, and how Mike Ashley had invested the money to ensure Newcastle stayed in the Premier League – and at that time we were only 2 points above the drop zone and 5th bottom of the league.
Since the club released yesterday’s excellent financial figures for our last financial year through last June, he has given a number of different interviews.
In this one today in the Newcastle Journal, Derek says that Newcastle are serious about trying to win the Europa League this season, and we’ll play our strongest side in every game.
This is what Llambias said:
“We want to win it. The club, us as owners and the managers and the squad want to win it,” “We’ll be putting out our best teams every game. It’s getting more lively now, Champions League clubs have dropped down.”
“There will be difficult games – people forget we’ve already had difficult games. Anzhi were one of the favorites, they weren’t a mug side.” “We did extremely well there – it was a last-minute goal but make no mistake it was a good result. We’re going to give it a real go.”
“If we win it, we know we’re in it and we’ll learn from our mistakes.” “We need a bit more depth, we’ve got a bit more depth. Postional-wise, if you look across the back four we’re a lot stronger than we were in the summer.”
It would be massive if Newcastle could win it – and it would be our first trophy in 44 years, since we won the equivalent of the Europa League back then in 1969 – the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup – and I watched the first leg against Újpesti Dózsa of Hungary at St. James’ Park – we won 3-0 and then won 3-2 in Hungary.
And we’d be in Europe next season too – and we could attract some excellent players in the summer.
That’s if we can win it of course – but there are just five more games to play if we were to win it, and it’s very possible we can beat Benfica over two legs.
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