Thanks to our intrepid French reporter, Pierre, we have been given an idea of how the Bordeaux players see their trip to St.James’ Park.

Interviewed over in France, the French team’s longest serving player (at the club since 2002), defender Marc Planus, is looking forward to playing the ‘big boys’.

‘After successfully completing its first group match of the Europa League against Bruges (4-0), now Bordeaux moved towards “le plat de resistance” (the main course) with a difficult and physical match at St.James’ Park to face Newcastle.

For Mark Planus, it will also not be “much fun”: “The importance will be even greater than at Lyon” (they won 2-0 last weekend).

“They have a pretty interesting offensive potential and they will want to get motivated with the Europa League.They sent their B team to Maritimo and they will now want to take the three points to start and show that they are the big boys of the group”.

We are all waiting to see what team Alan Pardew puts out against what look our strongest opponents in the group but I’m guessing when he talks about ‘pretty interesting offensive potential’ he isn’t picturing Shola, Obertan and Vuckic!

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  • Eric W Edwards

    We need to play to play our best available side if we are to prove we are serious about progress in Europe. No more Pardew pussy footing about with reserves and excuses. After the shoddy first half of the weekend we need to see some fire in some bellies. No amount of half-time ranting can justify the fact he picked the side in the first place!

  • Munich Mag

    On current form Bordeaux would give our first team a really stern test. However, we won’t play our first team, just a watered down version.

  • Mal

    I’m behind Pardew’s selections so far in the european games but I think he needs to put his best team out for this one – and that includes finding a place for Ferguson. Surely our top players are capable of playing a home game on a Thursday and another one on sunday. I remember under Sir Bobby there was one season where we always won on the weekend following our european game – it’s all in the mind.

  • glasshalfempty

    I think the stuttering form so far has a lot to do with chopping and changing the team. We only have five players who have played more than 5 games so far (10 competitive games we’re talking here ) and we are only 7 weeks into the season so effectively professional atheletes playing less than once a week. Get the big guns in, get their confidence back up, get the points and wins on the board, get some consistency and then think about resting one or two, not a whole team, once things are on track!!! Sunday league players are playing 3 times a week in some cases and working 40 hour weeks too in a job. Nothing breeds match fitness and confidence than playing matches. Injuries are just as likely in training or getting out of bed for that matter (or not brushing your teeth properly Yohan) so it is a cop out saving/resting players. I’m sure our big players want to be playing European footy – surely that was their aim. If they don’t will they hang around for another season??? If it was me I’d be wanting to play every game!!!