Alan Pardew had his press conference today for the home game against Stoke City on Thursday, and he again talked about the Europa League being a big drag on Premier League clubs.
Alan Pardew - Europa League very difficult for PL clubs
Alan talked about the pain of the Europa League, and that on a brighter note all his players were fit for the game on Boxing Day, although of course Cheick Tiote will be suspended for this game, and Alan though that was a pity because he would have played an unchanged side form that which played so well in London last weekend.
Alan also talked about clubs who qualify for the Europa League but don’t have the finances, and it makes it very difficult for them, because they don’t have big enough squads to play two games a week.
And Alan is still upset about media stuff that was written about the team last season, when we really struggled in the league, although we did well enough in the Europa League.
This is some of what Alan Pardew said today:
“A lot was written and said about us last year and I thought a lot of it was unfair, and some of that needs to be readdressed because it wasn’t right.”
“The Europa League had a massive impact, like it’s having on Swansea. If Swansea didn’t have that Europa League, they would be much further up the league than they are now.”
“I don’t think there’s any doubt about that, and we have got real quality to come in off the side.” “We have got ourselves into a fantastic position and now we have got to try to push on.”
“It’s been terrific, particularly the last two months. It’s about now sustaining that.” “But it’s not a complete surprise to me. A lot of this team was the team that finished fifth two years ago and they have got experience.
“We have got good experience in the group and we have got a lot of energy, and it’s that energy that has really taken us up a notch.”
We are hoping it will be a sell-out crowd on Thursday, and we know the Arsenal game is already a sell-out, so we’ll definitely have over 52,000 at that game, and hopefully a similar number on Boxing Day.
A win is what we need on Thursday to keep us challenging near the top of the league.
3 points would be massive for Newcastle.
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