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Pardew – ‘Abu Dhabi Trip Has Given Us Appetite To Chase Champions League Place’

7 years ago
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At Alan Pardew’s pre-Norwich press conference on Monday, the Newcastle manager talked about a potential Champions League place this season.

The United boss claimed that the trip to Abu Dhabi, criticised in some quarters by fans, had ‘boosted everybody’s character and personality’ and given NUFC the ‘appetite’ to chase a Champions League spot.

Abu Dhabi – Next Stop Champions League

“We had planned it before our cup exit because we thought it would give us a nice boost for our fourth round tie but that unfortunately didn’t happen.

“What it has given us is a boost in terms of a bit of sun on our backs. It has boosted everybody’s character and personality and given us an appetite to try and chase a Europa League place, or even a Champions League place.”

As the press conference took place to a backdrop of Cabaye in the process of leaving, the Newcastle manager talking of potentially being in the Champions League will have aroused all kinds of emotions – incredulity, anger, laughter etc.

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