Jetro Willems has given an interview to NUFC TV after today’s training session.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 23, 2019
During the interview, he pointed out a similar circumstance to Newcastle’s last home game against Manchester United. What he noted is that Wolves, like Man U, have to play in the Europa League this week.
First, Jetro was asked about dropping back into the bottom three after the loss at Chelsea. With it being so early in the season, Jetro pointed out how a win on Sunday could easily remedy that problem. He responded:
“Everything is quite tight, close to each other. If you win, you could go to 16th or something.”
The interviewer noted that Wolves were in a similar situation earlier on but have risen up the league with a few wins and that they are starting to show the form from last season that got them into European competition.
Jetro seized on that and immediately pointed out that Manchester United had also played in the Europa League on the Thursday before coming to St James Park.
This is what Jetro said:
“Of course, but what you said. They will play in the Euros. Man U also played in Euros too. They will have it tough too.”
Manchester United traveled to the Netherlands to face AZ Alkmaar on the Thursday before Newcastle’s 1-0 win on the Matty Longstaff goal. Wolves must travel to Slovakia to face Slovan Bratislava tomorrow.
When asked if he thought that this was a good time to play Wolves, Jetro agreed:
“Of course, and in the shape we are in I think it’s the best.”
Jetro may have been referencing that all players have now returned to training with Matt Ritchie being involved on Wednesday when he mentioned the shape the team is in.
Wolves will find out as Newcastle fans have in the past that playing in the Europa League is a tough slog over the course of the season. Wolves are a bit better prepared than Newcastle were in our last time in Europe when we only brought in Vurnon Anita in the summer of 2012.
Newcastle need to take advantage of this situation like they did against a very depleted Manchester United side. Wolves could be suffering from European fatigue on Sunday, and if they are Newcastle need to be ready to seize on that opportunity.