Portuguese Press Give Magpies No Chance – Good!


It seems like the local Portuguese press have already written off Newcastle having any chance tonight at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon.

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Alan Pardew – we haven’t come here to be beaten

So it looks like we already have the opposition exactly where we want them, and manager Alan Pardew is aware that if we start well tonight, then there could be concerns ripple through the Benfica side.

This is what Alan said about tonight:

“The local paper here has been quite bullish, giving us no chance.” “So that might bode well 25 minutes into the game.” “A lot of teams have come here waiting to be beaten. We mustn’t do that.”

“If we can shock them in that opening period, we might get something out of the game.” “We need to take some important lessons from Man City. For all the information we tried to put into the team, we got a negative reaction.

“We can’t build this Benfica team up too much. They’re 24 games unbeaten.” “It’s a tough call for us.” “We need to have ambition, and try to get ourselves a goal or maybe two. If we do that, we have a great chance.”

All the stats point to a Benfica win tonight, but in football you  never know, and with this Newcastle side, you just never know.

We have to hope for the best – but at the very least we need to be competitive in Lisbon, which we weren’t on Saturday in Manchester.

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82 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Apr 4, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Hopefully we can put them on their back foot and surprise them, hopefully. ….

    They have runners all over the pitch and we must track them or we will have no chance.

    Still these games are the ones we all wanted ….

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  • yo-yo

    Apr 4, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Well – they’re probably right. We’ve got to be underdogs in Portugal. Maybe it’ll kick our lads up the backside and we’ll get a result. A score draw would do nicely.

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  • Spoof

    Apr 4, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #3

    Benfica haven’t lost a game since October, it’s about time they did, and why not tonight.

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 4, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #4

    judging by pards comments, he is not very confident. if this -if that , maybe this ,maybe that -nothing positive at all in what he says.- i feel a disaster coming on, maybe worse than saturday.

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  • barkel

    Apr 4, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m looking forward to the match tonight, no doubt it’s a tough game but I reckon we can do well and get an away goal. Benfica are doing very well in their league but there aren’t many teams in Portugal that can really compete, Porto and Braga maybe. We have to remember that they were knocked out of their Champions League group by Celtic so I dont see why most on here are being so negative

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  • Rake

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #6

    Long balls up to Shola tonight lads you heard it here first

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  • ichrisho

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #7

    @Rake

    Shola stunning volley in the 25 minute will silence the Stadium of Light… Said it here first 🙂

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  • Grafton83

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #8

    Our lineup has changed so much this year it must be hard for a team like Benfica to really know what to make of us. Cabs makes a huge difference as well as new recruits like Sissoko. If they just look at our domestic league position then they are underestimating us. I doubt they’re daft enough to be lulled into a complete sense of false security and throw on the B team against us but hopefully it might influence one or two small decisions in their setup.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #9

    I’m just going to enjoy tonights game, win or lose. Hopefully we will attack to worry them too but if not i’ll just sit back and watch them play some nice stuff and watch our boys fight them off.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #10

    yo yo

    I know I shouldn’t have let low fell get to me. But if I wasn’t a NUFC fan and my partner wishes I wasn’t!! why would I invest so much time in following them.

    His question was who I have ever liked as a NUFC manager and who had been more successful than Pardew.

    Well you can’t argue that KK and SBR were and played way better football and as I hate to point out Pardew hasn’t won any more than KK and SBR.

    Supporting NUFC and liking the manger aren’t mutually exclusive but not liking or rating pardew apparently makes me a mackem and a mouthpiece, It’s pathetic.

    I just want the best possible manager for my club. Hand on heart can anyone really say Pardew is that man.

    If Pardew can win a cup over a few games I’d be delirious sorry di- lirious.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #11

    grafton

    Last season we got 65 points.

    This season since the new boys game in for the villa away matchwe have won 4 and lost 4…50% points return.

    Over a season thats 57…so not hugely far from last year…still would have been enough for 6th last year.

    So i think our form since then, although defeats to wigan and swansea are annoying…..the general form has been decent. Just the performances haven’t been fluid…but then they weren’t last year apart from the off game when things seemed to really click.

    I hope benfica think they can turn us over, it will shock them. Even if we lose i think they will have to work extremely hard, they have some good players but in europe no games are easy…they struggled against celtic…narrow win and draw so not unstopable.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #12

    grafton

    cabs only makes a huge difference played further forward

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  • Grafton83

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #13

    When Mourinho won the CL with Inter he would regularly say to the players everyone has written you off, the press is against us, the refs are against us, the whole world thinks we’re going out type of rhetoric.

    It had a huge impact and made his players a very tight and highley motivated unit who felt like they were defying the odds and that helped produce the results which won them the competition.

    When we were chasing a CL spot last year it felt the same, Pards saying they’re a 10th place team and we’re not as good isn’t quite creating the same atmosphere

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  • ichrisho

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #14

    3-1 loss tonight and 2-0 victory back in St.James’ give us a hard fought away goals victory… thats what I reckon…

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  • ichrisho

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #15

    Aye – Grafton… Pardew most certainly is not a Mourinho – not is Brendan Rogers for that matter – for all the philosphy BS they come out with…

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #16

    rotonda

    Depends what people count as success…trophy wise none of our managers are. But is getting us to challenge for the league and spend a couple years in champs league a success? its certainly more than pardew has brought so far.

    Style of play is something i like to see. I pay money I want to be entertained….yes a tense 1-0 is entertaining but not every game, it does become tedious after a while. Can accept it in a cup but in a league you want to see some free flowing stuff.

    I think you and catchy are as much a fan as any other here, you support the club. We all here are fans of newcastle for life….we only support pardew and players whilst they are with us (obviously some who do great things for us are supported where ever they go, but in general its just while they are here).

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  • ayecanny

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #17

    —————-Krul————— Simpson-Taylor-Mbwiwa-Santon. —————Anita—————- ———Cabaye—Marv———- ————Sissoko——— ——————Cisse——— —–Campbell——

    Front three have speed, middle three can pass.. Not much width.. But could work?! Any thoughts on the line up?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #18

    I just find Pardew’s mutterings very strange.
    At city I’ve never seen a team so beaten before they had even got on the pitch.

    It would be nice if we had a manager who gave the impression he really enjoyed working with and developing this group of players and was genuinely enthusiastic rather than give off the vibe of misplaced arrogance and always revert to excuses,

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #19

    An away goal is crucial tonight. I really can’t see us shutting them out in the games…i think they will get at least 1 in each leg. Hopefully we can shut them out but i wouldn’t bank on it.

    We need 1, if not more goals to bring back to the home leg.

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  • ichrisho

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #20

    Pardew said that the press being so confident – lets see how they are after 25 mins… what does that mean? Does that mean they will relaise that we have taken them on the counter and are 2 up… or that we are going to park the bus and have Shola trying to win the ball from three centre-halfs… all game… no mind after 25 mins…

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #21

    has there been anymore on the benitez rumours today?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #22

    Sage

    I appreciate that. You know where we’e coming from.
    Maybe we got spoiled with KK (first time) and SBR
    but as you say it’s an entertainment as well as results business and if it’s same old, same old every time you get pretty fed up with it. Doesn’t mean you’re not a fan.

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  • ichrisho

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #23

    Sage

    Whats the story with Benitez?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #24

    rotonda

    I always tried to defend catchy on here. I never agreed with him, i think he had some points but the action he would take was different from how i would approach it. But there was a love for the club which causes his dislike of pardew…it wasn’t a blind hatred…although it was stronger than I felt he deserved.

    Id love pardew to succeed, he needs help though. He has never played or coached in a technical team made of mainly overseas players as far as I am aware. How is he expected to know the best way to get them playing to their potential?

    I’m sure guardiola would struggle to get a team like stoke to play effective hoofball….he wouldn’t know all the little details you need to know to get it to be as effective as it can be.

    I have been saying for months pardew needs a cood coaching set up, not just local guys, to work with him and the team and introduce him to a more modern game, and let him see first hand how it can be effective at both attacking and defending.

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  • Alan Pas-de-clue

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #25

    after a separate rumour linking us with torres, there is one saying ashley is looking into the opportunity of appointing benitez.

    usually i think all of us would dismiss these as rubbish, but for anyone that uses twitter a lot they will know the source @indykaila is one that is very very reliable

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #26

    ichrisho

    somebody just mentioned last night a fairly credible source on twitter said he might be considered for our manager next season to replace pardew.

    Then I saw sky sports running a story about how he would consider another job in england when he leaves chelsea in the summer.

    made me think where would he go? chelsea again? no….man utd, liverpool, city, spurs? no….arsenal? no…doesn’t leave many clubs for him to consider.

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  • ichrisho

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #27

    Sage – what do you make of that? I will say that Rafa does now how to coach and seem to have the Midas touch in Europe… also seems to know how to beat Ferguson teams… Pardew has looked jaded if im honest… Spurs Swansea and Wigan… never 9 points but at least 4… we get none… I dont know… I have only started to realise the sh1te we are in… the matches Vs. Fulham and Scumderland seem to be the biggest (in terms of what we will lose) the biggest games in the last decade…

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #28

    ichrisho

    I’m not sure. I’ve never been a huge benitez fan, he seems to buy bad players if given time, although some gems too. I think if he was left to coach and manage the players we have and carr and co brought in the players for the positions benitez wanted then it could work.

    He gets a lot of stick, and hasn’t been great at inter or chelsea but he still has the chance of two trophies this year.

    He has been liverpool’s best manager in a long time, made big decisions (played gerrard out on the left, right or wrong not scared to do what he thinks is best for the team even with the biggest players….Ba getting a central role is opposite).

    He has won the league with valencia, runner up with liverpool and won 2 champs leagues plus reached a final.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #29

    sage

    it would be a great starting point to get a technical coach in to assist pardew if his arrogance would allow it. Let’s be honest though if pardew was chocolate he would eat himself and he probably thinks no one can teach him anything.

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  • ichrisho

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #30

    We should do a poll on the blog… Would Benitez be the man to replace Pardew? If we lose to Benfica and Sunderland… I would say that the % might be quite high in favour…

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #31

    rotonda

    no idea on pardew…he has a lot of faith in his ability. Not sure if its to the extent he refuses outside help though, i can’t say i know either way.

    I think if he was told he had to have some coaches in to improve results/style then he has no choice…and if he didn’t use them properly he would be replaced.

    I think he would work with them in that situation as he won’t get a bigger job than us…we are about his max level i think….he wouldnt get a man utd, chelsea, city…not even spurs either.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #32

    fulham is out biggest league game….its the weakest team we play at home…after sunderland but derbies can go either way so never as clear cut.

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  • Grafton83

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #33

    My Sunday league team haven’t pinned down our manager to a contract so he’s a free agent if we’re looking for an upgrade, I would prefer Rafa but if he’s unavailable this guy knows more than 1 tactic, often plays players in thier best positions and when he assaults a referee he doesn’t just knudge them of balance momenterily

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  • daztoon

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #34

    As usual Pardew spends more time talking of how good the opposition are so he don’t look to bad after a loss.Lets just work on how good we can be and let them worry about us.Annoying all his tripe put the work in and let the football we play do the talking.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #35

    daztoon

    It does get annoying but he will get asked questions about them. And if he says they aren’t good or we will beat them easy it can fire them up.

    I think he praises too much but i’d rather that than him insult them all and get them fired up.

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  • ichrisho

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #36

    Team for tonight?

    Krul
    Jonas Taylor Yanga Santoon
    Obertan (Not my pick) Cabaye Perch Marv
    Sissoko
    Ameobi

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  • daztoon

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #37

    @transfer
    All he has to say is no comment about Benfica I just focus on working with my players.The guy just loves to hear himself talk.The crap he comes out with like the opponents won’t let us get quality crosses in is just a joke.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #38

    grafton

    a manager with more than one tactic. sounds good to me. sign him up!!!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #39

    Daztoon

    We should write a chapter of Pardewisms !!

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #40

    I don’t see why we should get a coach in to help Pardew do the job he should already know how to do.

    We owe him nothing so if he can’t do the job and get the team playing then we should get a manager who can.

    Pardew has had 2 1/2 years and there has been no footballing progress in terms of quality. Anybody who says there has is foolish.

    We haven’t played decent football since Glenn Roeder and haven’t played good football since Sir Bobby.

    We now have the quality that we’ve been crying out for. Technically amazing players. Look at Cabaye’s highlight reel from when he was playing more forward and look where Pardew plays him. We’ve seen Marveaux play excellently and yet can only get on the bench. Anyone who knows Dutch football will vouch for Anita and his ability yet he can’t get a game. Cisse is one of the deadliest predators in Europe, absolutely ruined this season by becoming a target man/right winger.

    It’s the fundamentally easy things Pardew is getting wrong and he is doing it to make his team sturdy and hard to beat. It doesn’t work with these technical European players.

    I’d rather Pardew play Simpson, Williamson, Perch and fecking Ameobi if we are going to play those tactics game in and game out.

    He is totally lost in his own mediocrity and hiring a new coach to help him is not the answer.

    A new manager who can do a better job without the help Pardew needs and would reject anyway is.

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