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Benfica Are So Good They Could Be 10th In Premier League

10:07 am, Thursday, April 4th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

For the first time in a long time, the Premier League is ranked second to Spain in European football leagues, and it’s all based on a European Coefficient – and as of early April, Spain’s coefficient is 87.311 compared to the Premier League’s 81.106 with Germany 3rd on 77.328

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Alan Pardew – political gaffe?

The coefficients are based on how well the country’s clubs perform in European competition, and England has taken a big drop this season because not one of our four Premier League sides made it through to the quarter finals of the Champions League competition.

Portugal are in 6th place in the European leagues, behind Italy and France, so they are one of the top leagues in Europe and Benfica is their most famous club.

So bearing in mind the positions of England and Portugal in the recent European rankings, here’s what Alan Pardew said at his news conference yesterday:

“Looking at the quality of the Benfica players and the fact that they are a Champions League team this year, plus they are already confirmed for Champions League next year. You have to say they would certainly be a top eight or ten team in the Premier League.”

It ls hardly surprising that the Benfica press and fans are miffed at that statement, and they think they are a lot better than that – and they are probably right.

When Newcastle travel into Europe and on our summer tours, the manager is always the front man, and he has to have certain political skills.

While Alan meant it when he said those words , it has been taken as an insult by the Portuguese press especially when Benfica have done so well this season in Europe. Egos have been bruised.

Of course Alan’s players could back that statement up tonight if we do well, since we are currently 15th in the Premier League and Benfica are top of the Portuguese League.

And a good performance from Newcastle United tonight will make Alan’s statement look just a little more credible, if we do really well.

Here’s hoping. :D

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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ichrisho // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Bit of a cheeky swipe by Pardew there :) As good as Stoke then eh?

  • 2 stuart no9 // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    pards getting his excuses in now for the post match interviews.

  • 3 Grafton83 // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    So Pardews clever ploy right before the game is to make the opposition even more motivated to beat us whilst also letting all our own players know that he doesn’t think they’re as good.

    Genius, what masterstroke can we expect next?

  • 4 ichrisho // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Good point Grafton – I think we may have made them mad – oops… opposite effect… oh but wait – we have Obertan… all fine panic over – no worry..

  • 5 Grafton83 // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    If I was a betting man with any £££ left in my account I’d fancy Benfica for the whole competition their results this year speak for themselves.

    I wouldn’t even mind if we lost this away leg if we can take some away goals back to SJP. All out attack and a 3-2 scoreline wouldn’t be too bad at all. I just hope we don’t give up before we start like against city

  • 6 Grafton83 // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Yup panic over

  • 7 ginola_tonic // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    If they would be tenth in the premiership then where would be?!! Based on our results, championship?!! Silly Pardew.

  • 8 only magpie of nepal // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Whoever says whatever bottom line is:
    AT MOST BENFICA=LIVERPOOL.
    NOTHING MORE.

  • 9 Levi // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Its called mind games guys for god sake.jorge jesus will be telling his players to ignore pardews comments and stick to their game plan. It doesn matter how much you want to win you got to have a plan and pardew is probably trying to alter it. Worth a try

  • 10 yo-yo // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Lilongwe – previous

    Thanks for that eye opener. Never understoood what Stone has as a coach, and suspected Carver as old school, but B&W to the core – we really do need that.

    Really goes to confirm my opinion that we need new coaching blood. I think AP knows how he wants to play (probably not dissimilar to Rafa in theory – not sure about the zonal marking though) but hasn’t got the specialist coaches to get the best from our European players. Even here in Scotland the penny is dropping and they are talking about skills more than strength these days. My personal preference would be to give a certain ‘Frog on the Tyne’ a chance to get into coaching – though as the guys are saying the best players very often don’t make the best coaches – or even good coaches.Totally difference skill set needed – AVB a case in point.

  • 11 Rotonda heights // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    low fell mag

    I’m getting an image of a chav with an IQ in less than 3 figures. Would that be a fair assessment now? Apart from playground abuse your word bank has now been severely over taxed my friend. You appear to have a chronic lack of anything constructive to say and a great ability to contradict yourself.

    I understand your recall may be very limited but play along. Your question wasn’t who had won anything? Remember it was about who I liked as previous NUFC managers and who had been more successful than Pardew.

    I hate to point this out to you PARDEW HASN’T WON ANYTHING EITHER and to suggest he was more successful and played better football than KK and SBR
    confirms what a lot of people probably must think about you

    God it’s painful having to give time to someone as cerebrally challenged and ignorant as you but sorry I don’t do tribal grunts and knuckle dragging.

  • 12 Rotonda heights // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Grafton

    You got to love him don’t you!!

    Publically slams the kids

    Very prematurely says we’re safe

    Plays Benny from the start on a frozen pitch in sub zero conditions.

    The guy need saving from himself at times.

  • 13 Levi // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Pardew will have some idea how they are goong to play. Their midfield might sit and pardew might want them to press. If their midfield press it leaves more room for who ever is in the hole between striker and midfield.

  • 14 Bambams // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Not sure how to take his comment….. I would be furious if I played for Benfica and it would moitvate me…..On the other hand is he trying to tell our players Benfica are only mid table prem standard ? The second option is ok however its a bit daft in the morale boosting stakes given Newcastle are in bottom relegation zone and not above tenth….. so even if this was true he is still saying they ate better than us.

    Going for a lie down in a dark room. ….

  • 15 stuart no9 // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    grafton @ 3 – but he always does this . on saturday the team were beaten before they left the dressing room. he had put the fear of god into them and you could see that on the pitch. he has no confidence in his players- even though HE bought them.

  • 16 ichrisho // Apr 4, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Some folk are saying that Pardew played down the Man City game before hand saying that we need to focus on the Benfica game so why turn up on Sat??? Why not just concede the damn game… I have to say I am not looking forward to his tactics tonight… I can see Williamson and Obertan BOTH playing… uuuugghhhhhhhh

  • 17 Whoarya.com // Apr 4, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Pardiola is right Benfica would be in the top 8-10 but are they better than Man U Man C Chelsea Arsenal Spurs Everton Liverpool?

    It would have been better to say they would be a top team in the Prem but whilst they are top of the league there they would find it as hard as us against the likes of Stoke etc

    Suffice to say we will be on cloud nine if we get to the semis but the odds are against us.

    A score draw or a 2 1 loss keeps it very interesting for St James Park for sure and these are the European nights we all love

    HTL

  • 18 lesh // Apr 4, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    If Benfica could be 10th in the Prem, then that still makes em better than us on current form!




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