After two defeats in a row against Sunderland and Manchester City, Newcastle now have the unenviable task of going up against an in-form Chelsea side, who Jose Mourinho has playing very well at the moment.
Alan Pardew – we can transform our season
Alan held his press conference this afternoon, and he was asked about the Chelsea game:
“It can transform your season, a win against Chelsea or Spurs, and that’s what we’ve got to look for. It is frustrating because it’s difficult when there’s such emotion riding after the Sunderland game, and I understand that.”
“But we are hurt as well, and I hope our fans give us a lift on Saturday.” “They did last night and we responded to that, and they need to be in really, really good voice for us to have a chance against Chelsea.”
“I think we’ve got an even chance against Chelsea, I genuinely do, as well as they are playing, because I think my team are playing well. But you need those breaks and things to go your way, and the first goal will be important in this fixture.”
“To beat one of the top teams – and let’s be honest, Chelsea are one of those, and we’ve got Spurs after that, who are in great form as well – you need to be at your very best.”
“For us, with the quality we’ve got, we could have perhaps three good performances, but we need eight outstanding, for sure, so that’s what we’ve got to hope we get.”
Pardew is no doubt under pressure now from his critics, and those voices will only increase if we are beaten by Chelsea on Saturday.
But the Newcastle manager is a tough character, who doesn’t bow to all the heavy criticism he gets as Newcastle manager, so for the good of the club it would be terrific if we can get a result on Saturday.
But at the very least, we hope Newcastle can put in another strong performance, as we did last night at Manchester City, but we must take our chances when we get them.
The Newcastle fans were just great against City, and we’re sure they’ll be just as good against Chelsea, in a game we won 3-2 last season, and it was one of our biggest and most dramatic wins of the season.
And Tottenham have not been too good at White Hart Lane this season, so we must stand a decent chance in our next game, if we cannot get anything out of Chelsea.
What do you think?