At Alan Pardew’s press conference today, he admitted that Newcastle were again chasing European football for the second time in three seasons, and in fact Newcastle are one point better off after 16 games than we were two years ago, when we finished 5th top and qualified for the Europa League.
Alan Pardew – Europa League causes massive problems
Alan was speaking with the local press about the upcoming game at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon, and he had this to say:
“The Europa League causes massive problems for Premier League teams,” “Swansea and Tottenham are feeling that.
“The demands of the Premier League are much greater than other leagues. It’s something we’re wary of, but we’re chasing a European spot.”
We may be chasing a European place next season, but we wonder if Newcastle will be happy if we make the Europa League again, which has many games, not much money in it, and only a little prestige.
And after the group stages, several teams that have failed to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League drop down to the Europa League, and there’s something not right about that, somehow.
It’s a lot of work for little payoff it seems to us – we need to really push for the Champions League.
What do you think?
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