Davide Santon has been interviewed in the local papers today and he talks about the very tough game coming up on Saturday against Liverpool, who hammered us 6-0 in the corresponding fixture last April when our defense looked – well it looked completely hopeless, much like it did this season at Manchester City and Everton.
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Davide didn’t play in that game which followed the 3-0 home drubbing against arch rivals Sunderland, and this is what the Italian International had to say today about the upcoming game:
“That result stays inside of you for a long time.” “It was a difficult period for us. We were in a difficult position in the league and we needed a win.”
“But we lost 6-0 at home. It was really difficult, especially for our mentality.” “It’s finished now. We have to think about this season.”
“We can compete with every team. We’re not scared about anything.” “If we can compete like we did against Cardiff in our last game then we have a chance.”
“We have to make sure we give 100%. Every game is a tough game. We’ll see what happens. In the Premier League, you never know.”
“We have to think about the next three games – Liverpool at home, Sunderland away and afterwards it’s Chelsea.”
And before the Chelsea game we have to play Manchester City at St. James’ Park in the 4th round of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday, October 30th, a competition we could do well in if we play a good side.
The Newcastle side plus subs who played in that Liverpool game is as follows:
Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara; James Perch (Hatem Ben Arfa 46), Cheick Tiote (Vurnon Anita 65), Yohan Cabaye (c); Moussa Sissoko, Papiss Cisse, Jonas Gutierrez (Yoan Gouffran 46)
Subs not used: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Dan Gosling, Shola Ameobi
The back five should see Tim Krul, Davide Santon and Mike Williamson in for Saturday, and not one of them played in that horrific performance in April, and either Steven Taylor or Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will play in central defense.
But we still have worries about the game, and 58% of our readers thinking we will lose the game on Saturday.
What do you think?
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