Yohan Cabaye is the Newcastle captain while Fabricio Coloccini recovers from his back injury, which is taking longer than first thought – with it now being five weeks yesterday, since he injured his back in the first half against Southampton, and he’s missed the last six games..
Yohan Cabaye – we’re disappointed
Yohan has talked to the local press today, and he seems even a little upset that Newcastle were so poor on Saturday – but he’s right about that – in the first half Newcastle were simply hopeless:
“Of course we’re disappointed, especially in the first half because we were really, really poor.” “We played like a team who wanted a draw. It was the wrong mentality.” “The second half was entirely different and if we’d scored one it would have been a different game.” “
We didn’t get that goal and in the end lost 4-0 and we want to forget about it.” “It’s hard. I don’t know why we started so poorly.” “We lacked technique, failed to keep the ball – we kept losing it. We made it difficult for ourselves. We also played too deep, that didn’t help.”
“No, Benfica was not on our minds – that’s unfair. The best way to prepare for the game on Thursday would have been to play well against the Premier League champions. I think and I hope nobody out there was thinking about the Europa League games.
“We were just poor and without our usual qualities out on the pitch.” “Nobody was thinking about a Europa League game. “If you come to a team like Manchester City and think of another game that would be very strange.”
“Every game for us now is very important.” “First of all we have to show on Thursday night we have learned from mistakes today and make sure we get into the second leg at home with good results against Fulham and Benfica.”
“We need good results, nothing else. From now until the end of the season every game is going to be like a final for us and the main thing we have to have in our mind is to be safe because we want to play in the Premier League next season.”
“We have to fight for that and this wasn’t right here.”
As Alan Pardew warned the Newcastle players all last week, this is the business end of the season and the most important part of the season.
So now’s not a good time to have a slump in form or results, and we expect the lads to play a lot better on Thursday night at Benifca.
Although it seems that the top Portuguese side at the moment is scoring goals for fun, and won 6-1 on Saturday, and it will not be an easy game for Newcastle by any means.
Paraguayan Oscar Cordoza is second top of the Portuguese scoring charts with 16 goals, and his team-mate, Brazilian Lima is 3rd with one goal less – so they know how to put the ball in the back of the net.
What do you think?
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