Alan Pardew has been very fond in the past of letting Newcastle fans know that we just cannot compete with Champions league clubs like the two Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and even Tottenham Hotspur, but maybe he’s starting to change his tune just a little bit.
Alan Pardew – more positive in his comments
While Schalke 04 looked the better side in the first half yesterday, Newcastle scored a great first half goal from Riviere, set up brilliantly by young 18 year-old Rolando Aarons – the star of the game.
In the second half we scored another two good goals from Aarons himself and Remy Cabella, before Schalke got their first goal of the tournament literally in the last few seconds of the game.
But make no mistake about it, this was a good performance by Newcastle, and especially in defense where we were lacking on Saturday against a very good Malaga side – who won the Schalke Cup by easily beating West Ham 2-0 yesterday, and maybe they should have scored more.
Alan Pardew had this to say in the Journal today:
“It is very difficult for the likes of the teams outside of the Champions League money to compete. But we are trying to do it in an educated manner.”
“We have been accused of not spending the money we’ve brought in, but now we have spent it and we can hope to get as close as we can. Certainly, offensively we are definitely stronger. There is no doubt about that.”
“Siem de Jong should be okay for next Sunday’s match with Real Sociedad. Add him in the mix, we could really trouble teams. “That’s something we didn’t do in the second half of last season.”
“We haven’t had a lot of time with Remy Cabella, Moussa Sissoko or Daryl Janmaat who played in training today. But we are looking much stronger offensively. It was nice the guys got their goals.”
Newcastle fans want their club to be challenging for a top four position, so anything other than that is simply not good enough.
And any talk that we cannot do it is also only an excuse, because we’ve been in the Champions League before, and we can do it again.
The (very) promising thing this summer is a couple of positives, in that we are actually signing players permanently – and we have brought in seven of them so far, with probably more players on the way.
The second thing is they are (very) good players, so the mood on Tyneside is upbeat at the moment.
Now we need to beat Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night, and then a good Real Sociadad side next Sunday, and we’ll be ready for a tough first game in the league.
That’s against current Premier League Champions Manchester City who we haven’t beaten in the last 14 attempts, and have only drawn two of those games.
Time for a win perhaps? 😀
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