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Pardew – ‘Anzhi Are Better Than Chelsea’

8 years ago
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Reflecting on the match against Anzhi, Alan Pardew has made clear just what an achievement he believes it was to beat the Russian team.

He has even claimed that it was a bigger win than against Chelsea when speaking to the Chronicle;

“Forget what other results we have had this season. That (Anzhi) was our best win.

They are the best team we have beat thus season and I include Chelsea in that. It was a heck of a coup for us”.

It is often hard to tell exactly how good the opposition are when you give them a lot of respect. That was the case on Thursday when Newcastle didn’t risk many men forward, as when they did, the opposition were dangerous on the counter-attack.

Against Metalist, I think that by the end of the second leg you could look back and think at home Newcastle were maybe over cautious as the opposition looked pretty average.

Were Anzhi better than Chelsea? Who cares, we beat them both and I think that pre-January signings we wouldn’t have done either.

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