Alan Pardew is hoping his Newcastle side and the Newcastle crowd take hope from what happened in Dortmund last night, when Borussia Dortmund were going out of the Champions League, 2-1 down to Malaga, but amazingly they scored two goals in a minute in stoppage time to pull off the impossible – even though their winning goal was offside, and not called by the Scottish officials.
Alan Pardew – I could be in tears
The Bundesliga is the best supported league in Europe, and Borussia Dortmund won the Champions League back in 1997, when current Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert played in defensive midfield for the German side, when they beat Juventas 3-1;
Lat night they had 65,829 cheering them on – and it made a big big difference.
And Alan will take that inspiration from Germany into the game with Benfica on Thursday night, in front of a sold-out St. James’ Park, and somehow try to get Newcastle into the final four of the competition, for the first time since Bobby Robson did it in 2004.
This is what Alan said in the Daily Mirror:
“The Dortmund coach was in tears at the end – possibly I will be too. It is different emotions when you achieve something. ““My reaction after we scored against Fulham was not something I pre-planned.”
“Moussa Sissoko asked me the next day whether I had scored the goal!” “Maybe I should control my feelings. But it will be something very special if we can overcome this Benfica team.”
“I think our fans and the way we are finishing games could be a problem for Benfica.” “As Borussia Dortmund proved, the crowd can influence proceedings and it was astonishing what they did against Malaga.”
“It has given us a real sense of belief.” “Now we have to give ourselves a chance to get to the end of the game in a position where we can get it back.”
“I would still feel confident two goals down with 10 minutes to go – the way we are, the potential we have in the group and the way we can effect it off the bench.
“I feel we were a little bit unlucky in Portugal. When we reviewed the game, we really should have got a better result.” “Therefore there is a chance for us and it is one we are eager to take.”
“We know Benfica is going to be a special night, we are really looking forward to it.” “I have tried to explain to our new guys what the European nights, are like when they are as big as this.”
“I don’t think they understand me – they will find out though.”
Alan’s right that if the score is still 0-0 with 10 minutes fo go, we’re in with a big chance – no doubt about it – but we need to stop Benfica scoring – somehow.
There will be around 52,400 in the ground tomorrow night cheering the lads on, and with what happened at the Westfalenstadion last night and what happened at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon – anything is possible.
And if Newcastle can make it through tomorrow night it will be one of our great wins in Europe – and we can do it.
Howay The Lads!!
Note: For those attending Thursday’s game (and Sunday too) please bring your scarves to the the game, as there is an effort to recreate the atmosphere at Alan Shearer’s testimonial, and hopefully inspire our lads to two famous wins.
You can also reach Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org