It was good to see Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy in good form for France in their 6-0 win on Friday against Australia in a friendly, and Cheick Tiote looked solid in the Ivory Coast midfield in their 3-1 win over Senegal yesterday, and Papiss Cisse scored with almost the last kick of the game – and Alan Pardew was hoping Papiss could get back on the goal trail over the International break.
Yohan Cabaye – fantastic goal for France
So far the Newcastle players have looked good for their countries, and hopefully Yohan as one example is getting back to his very best, and he scored a wonderful opportunist goal for France, the best of the bunch, and Mathieu’s wasn’t too bad either.
That’s good because when the lads all return from the International break next week, Alan Pardew will quickly prepare them for the home game against Liverpool on Saturday afternoon, and the Reds look like an improved side from last season.
So when you think they took us apart 6-0 in this corresponding game back in April, we must have our defense and all our players turn up for this game, which certainly wasn’t the case in April, and it was one of our biggest defeats ever at St. James’ Park, and followed the 3-0 humiliation at home to Sunderland.
Liverpool are a fast and skillful side these days, and Luis Suarez will be playing this time around, and our two worst halves of the season – in the first halves at both Manchester City and Everton, when we were also up against a fast and skillful side – we were taken apart.
So the Newcastle defense, which in our view is still Newcastle’s biggest weakness, will need to be on their mettle on Saturday if we are going to get anything out of this game.
Indeed the whole team will need to be on their mettle on Saturday if we are going to get anything out of this game.
But on the positive side, it’s also a big opportunity for this Newcastle side to show they are much better than we have looked against some sides so far this season.
If we can beat Liverpool on Saturday it would be a massive result for the Magpies – no kidding – and it’s exactly what we need.
Here’s the video of Yohan’s goal – there may be a short advert before it – and notice Mathieu is the first player to congratulate him – who do these guys play for again?
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