Two of the five Frenchmen who signed in January are injured at the moment, and will miss the game at the Etihad Stadium tomorrow, which will be a tough game for our lads.
Yoan Gouffran scoring at Tottenham
Both full backs Mathieu Debuchy and Massadio Haidara are injured, but Alan Pardew said yesterday in his press conference that he hoped Massadio would be ready for the game at Benfica on Thursday night, in the first leg of the Europa League quarter final.
Newcastle have done well since signing the five Frenchmen, and we are now 6 points above the drop zone, but we’ll have trouble getting anything out of the game tomorrow.
Yoan Gouffran talked about the upcoming game yesterday in the local press, and Newcastle are currently in 13th place in a tightly packed bottom half of the table, with 9 points separating the 10th placed Fulham and 17th placed Aston Villa.
Yoan was asked if Newcastle could make the top 10, and this is what he said:
“The top 10?” “It’s difficult, very difficult because we know there are a lot of other teams who are battling against relegation.” “We have to focus on our next game and try not to look too far beyond.”
“We go to Manchester to play Man City.” “And we feel we can bring something home with us.” “Then we have two home games against Fulham and Sunderland and we can add to that.”
“Then we have a chance of the top 10.” “I’m really pleased with how it’s going. When I first arrived I knew that Newcastle weren’t in a good position.” “But I also felt that this wasn’t their real position or this was the real situation at this club.”
“We’re happy that we’ve picked up some points since we got here. Yet I think we could have done more and we could have picked up more points – especially in the last game against Wigan.”
“It was possible for us to bring home one point at least.” “We have to play with our qualities and show what we’ve shown in games before. But I think they will attack us.” “We’ll have to play a counter attacking style.”
“What we’ve got is very quick players in the team and that helps.” “People like Moussa Sissoko and Papiss Cisse are very quick.” “So I think we can beat them.” “They are a big team.” “But they aren’t as strong as last season.”
“One of the great things about this league is also that everybody can beat everybody.”
Yoan Gouffran, Moussa Sissoko and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will all start tomorrow and they will be joined by two other Frenchmen – Yohan Cabaye and possibly Sylvain Marveaux – in the starting eleven.
It will be a difficult game tomorrow and if we can get a point out of the game – that would be a decent result.
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