At the end of this season we’ll review what’s happened since last August, and come to the obvious conclusion that our campaign on the English Premier League this term was a huge disappointment.
Yohan Cabaye – will lead the team out tonight
After finishing 5th last season we were looking forward to doing well in both the English League and the European League, but we’ve been simply terrible in English competition.
Injuries have played a big part in that, and we wonder why we’ve had so many injuries this season, but the extra games in Europe certainly haven’t helped.
And our squad was not strengthened last summer and that was a huge error – but in a way it’s been rectified a little in January, with the five new French players coming through the door.
Alan Pardew says that we are still suffering from inquires, as he had this to say yesterday in Lisbon:
“The competition has brought some welcome relief to what has been a sticky Premier League campaign,” “We still suffer from injuries as we enter this game. We’re missing big players and we’ve missed those big players all year.”
“I think we have got the confidence and the quality to ensure our safety in the Premier League regardless of injuries.” “Our fans have been consistently brilliant and they’ll bring a nice atmosphere here tomorrow to the city.”
“I don’t think we need it to be more of an occasion with this stadium and this club.”
There’s no doubt tonight’s game is a challenge for our lads, and Benfica have won ten games in a row in all competitions dating back to Valentine’s day (show-offs), and scored 18 times in the last four games,
It will be a tough game tonight, but it’s also an opportunity for our players to shine and do well for the fans, after the disaster of last Saturday.
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