Alan Pardew ‘If Teams Overcompensate We Can Punish Them’
Alan Pardew has hinted that he sees his remodelled squad being ideal to play his usual preferred counter-attacking style.
The tactic worked well with the pace and talent of Ba, Cisse & Ben Arfa in the second half of the 2011/12 season, while similarly it proved effective in the first half of last season with the likes of Remy, Cabaye and Sissoko profiting from winning back the ball and catching the opposition out.
The Newcastle manager thought the Schalke match showed what his new squad are capable of in terms of hitting the opposition on the break, with ‘real speed’ a key ingredient.
Speaking to the club’s official TV channel the manager had this to say;
“We played a more senior team and that showed, we were disciplined and broke fast, real speed in the team.
“If teams overcompensate then we can punish them, that happened on three occasions today.
“We need to take something from the tournament in terms of Malaga, how they kept the ball and their technical ability in tight areas. If we can add that to our game then we are going to be a good team this year.
“All of the players have been a credit to themselves and the club, just as our fans have – under some provocation actually, so well done to them and the team.
“We had some great displays; young Rolando did terrific, Obertan was great again and as a team we were much more structured and defended better.”
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