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