Newcastle Look Like Minnows Against Manchester City


Newcastle start their season off at the Etihad Stadium tonight against former Premier League Champions Manchester City, and to be honest we have no idea what to expect, and are just a little nervous.

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Alan Pardew has told us over the weekend that Newcastle are well prepared for this game, and most of the other fixtures that took place over Saturday and yesterday were closely contested – which tells you the league is still competitive.

Most fans don’t expect Newcastle to get much out of this game, against opponents who have paid out around £90M this summer for new players.

City have brought in players like Fernandinho (Shakhtar Donetsk, £30M), Stevan Jovetic (Fiorentina, £22M), Jésus Navas (Seville, £17M rising to £23M) and Alvaro Negredo (Seville, £16.4M rising to £20.6M) this summer.

And to think that a short time ago Manchester City lost £97M in one financial year, and were supposed to be balancing their books – that’s according to the Financial Fair Play rules.

But with clubs still spending huge amounts of money – those rules are becoming a joke in football, and Newcastle are being left behind. by other clubs willing to shell out big money – we aren’t willing to do that, and Mike Ashley want good frugal deals made.

Moussa Sissoko was a good signing for the Magpies from Toulouse in January, and the French International seems quite confident about Newcastle’s chances tonight.

This is what Sissoko told the Shields Gazette.

“We know that the game is very hard, because they have signed so many big players,” “Man City have Fernandinho, Navas and Negredo – they are all top players in the world.”

“That’s not easy for Newcastle, but we go to City still thinking we can win.”“We have plenty of belief here. When you play for Newcastle, you have to believe, and we have big players too like Cabaye, Gouffran and Ben Arfa.”

“I believe in my team-mates. Hopefully, I can play well too.” “We’re looking forward to the game,”“When you play a game against Manchester City, the emotion you feel is excitement.”

“It’s a big game, and they have big players. All we should be thinking of is to play well. It’s possible that we can win.” “Now it’s better because I have been able to play together with the team,”

“The players work hard together. It is better for all the players. “When we came in January we had to go into the team very quick.” “There was no time to work together or get to know each other, now it’s OK.”

“I think that it’s possible for Newcastle to have a good season.”

Moussa is likely to start ion central midfield where he has been playing in pre-season, and we should get some idea tonight of how good Newcastle can be this season – but at a minimum we must see the lads being competitive tonight.

We have to do better than the 4-0 trouncing we took last season in this same fixture.

And we’ll all find out soon enough, but what we really need is a win tonight – and that will shock people. including most Newcastle fans. 😀

What do you think?

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26 comments so far

  • TorqToon

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Thauvin at €10mil is a bargain!

    He is a superb talent and has everything our midfield needs. He us quick, skillful and is more than comfortable down the middle, or on a wing. Wide left is my preferred position for him, but wide of a front 3 would be unreal.

    Can’t see how €10mil is too much. He is 20yrs old, raw, and one of the best prospects in Europe.

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  • Santon03

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #2

    the manager and the players seems have opposite attitude, the players have belief and the manager is not.

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  • boater

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #3

    The David Vs Goliath kidology rings hollow because unlike David, I fear we lack a tactical plan to exploit our opponent’s achilles heel.

    The way Pards has been lowering expectations all summer is an insult to a loyal paying public – although in mitigation, he’s the mouthpiece. Yesterday’s ‘fans need to concentrate on the players we already have’ was hilarious… ‘kids, no Christmas presents this year, I have dusted the perfectly good ones you got last year instead.

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  • Santon03

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #4

    2 articles- one is full pessimistic and the other one full of confident and optimistic.

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  • toon kk

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #5

    MA obviously trying to get one over on the fans by not spending any money. He knows no one has any time for him, so its his way of winding us up.

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  • numba9

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #6

    Get thauvin NOW but don’t make him a defender parsnip and tell him to sit baby sitting our full back

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  • JackButler

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #7

    So much for the Financial Fair Play Rule’s.

    Chelsea, City etc etc are doing what ever they like

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #8

    Nufc being left behind as JK swans it up on a jolly. Desperate for 1 or 2 players yet our man JK is sipping pina coladas in a yuppy bar. Streauth!!!!!

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  • toon kk

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #9

    January is our transfer window, only buy if we absolutely have to.

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  • Santon03

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #10

    I wish pardew will say things like Sissoko did or new manager with confident

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  • wynsleap

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #11

    Far too many pro-Ashley fans on here, for too long, have been bleating, “…. but wait until the Financial Fair Play rules kick in, Ashley will have been proved right in the way he is handling the affairs at our club and we’ll then be in a great position to take advantage.”
    Sorry but that was NEVER going to happen. and I hope everyone now realises that.
    Yes we are currently being beaten in the ambition stakes by the likes of Southampton, Norwich, Fulham, Aston Villa, West Ham etc…. what next Doncaster, Bristol, Peterborough, Scunthorpe, Hartlepools and the like?
    Ashley OUT – it’s the only way ahead.

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  • JackButler

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #12

    If we sit back tonight and allow City to constantly come at us they will tear us apart, Pardew has to set us up not simply to contain but to go out there and have a go at them. High intensity and pressuring the ball is the way we have to approach this game

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  • numba9

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #13

    This window like the last summer is a complete joke. Stevie wonder can see what we need. But oh no not our owner or his tea boy Joe

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #14

    Finacial Fair League rules – load of tosh.
    Top teams got to much clout. If EUFA put their foot down top clubs would say bollocks to EUFA and start their own league with many fans facing a dilemma/hardship to follow their club to all corners of Europe every other week and midweek for European games if still allowed to compete in EUFA competitions.

    Anyway Real Madrid and Barcelona, Athletico Madrid and Osasuna should not be allowed into European as they being treated as not-for-profit organisations, the four exempted clubs benefit under corporation and property tax laws. All four owe the Spanish Government millions but refused to disclose how much debt the four owe the Spanish purse.

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  • martoon

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #15

    Sean from last topic – sorry about Tony Pulis – I shouldn’t even joke about it!
    I think tonights match will be similar to yesterdays Chelsea Hull match: we’ll be completely overwhelmed in the first half and go a couple of goals down then hopefully City will take their foot off the pedal and we’ll come back into the match but unlike Hull maybe we can sneak a goal or two.

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #16

    Torq
    Good morning sir,Hope you are keeping well!!

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  • Noah Another Ameobi

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #17

    hi everybody imagine if you were the newcastle manager and you had £20 million to spend who would you buy who would you sell and what team would you play

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  • runheed

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #18

    Newcastle is bit like Fantasy Island at the minute. Pardew, Joke, and Ashley think they’re brilliant. Everyone else knows they’re not. We need to rely on the intelligence and integrity of the players …

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  • geordiemark

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #19

    bollox about ashley this isnt about that tight faced southern git, this is about the players and the toon army so I am getting behind the players and am going for us to win 2-1 tonight

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  • lesh

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #20

    Don’t slam Pardew for uttering that are on many posters’ lips. He’s right in saying our incoming transfers are almost non-existent and we’ve shipped players out without replacing them.

    The responsibility rests very much with Kinnear whose appointment was both ridiculous and irresponsible.

    As far as the likes of Citeh sticking their fingers up at the FFP rules, I still feel that if challenged by Uefa, they and others doing the same will break away and form super league supported by the likes.of Murdoch!

    Let’s forget those clubs and think about seriously competing with the likes of Southampton, WHU etc and blow them out of the water financially and on the pitch.

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  • martoon

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #21

    Noah @16 – do you read this blog? That is basically what people discuss all day and night on here.

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  • Slatymag

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #22

    Has there been any progress on the Thauvin front, or just more speculation after that French article yesterday? He certainly would fix the “jonas” problem.

    £6m and Obertan, who would probably flourish, or at least be more useful, in Ligue 1. Not to mention no extra wages for fatso.

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  • NUFCarter

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #23

    I am going to be so P’ssed off if i see the same lineup as last season same tactics and shite formation with jonas and shola featuring. I’ve been absolutely fed up with every single one of Pardews interviews and if he conjures up some shite excuse if we lose tonight i will lose all respect for him as NUFC manager. No dought he blame the faulty goal line texhnology.

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  • geordiemark

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #24

    lesh

    they would all do that, but I dont think it would last long having a super league there wouldnt be any competition in it like we have in the leagues plus the excitment it creates, the problem is all top clubs like everything there own way and its about time all this stopped, look at all these crazy transfer fees paid plus massive wages to players its just stupid its bankrupting football maybe a good idea is for players going round estates where they can see people starving ect ect just think these players and agents are totally wrecking football and it needs to stop

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  • Assam Toon

    Aug 19, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #25

    I can see us winning several trophies in the near future. All these big clubs spending mega bucks will be disqualified under FFP, leaving only us and fellow misers Arsenal to sweep every trophy in the nation. We wont win the league but might win the shield and the cups.

    But coming back to earth, tonight we are doomed. I just hope they play well and play as a team.

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  • lesh

    Aug 19, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #26

    geordiemark……

    What if a hypothetical world super league took the form of a travelling circus like Formula 1? Think of the potential for TV coverage for competitions played throughout the world.

    I’m sure it’s a concept that could be fleshed out and will not have passed have passed the movers and shakers by.

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