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Alan Pardew’s still talking about the Champions League

6 years ago
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Before the season kicked off, Alan Pardew went out of his way to talk about competing for the Champions League places, saying that for the past three years Newcastle had been trying to do it in an ‘educated’ way.

The ‘educated’ part supposedly being that the club weren’t spending money they didn’t have, the reality of course being that no players at all had been bought for eighteen months.

Pardew claimed again only two months ago in August that this season Newcastle would again try to compete for the big four and said that one thing for sure, was that the attacking threat was far far better than it had been last season…

Sitting in the relegation zone before playing Spurs, Alan Pardew chose yet again to bring up the Champions League;

“It’s always difficult to challenge Champions League teams but we try to do that.

“Obviously we’re a long way from that at the moment and we’re thinking of nothing more than the next game. I know this is a cliché but that’s where we are at the moment.”

Ticking boxes;

 “When you haven’t won then it brings great pressure. We have managed to tick that box (beating Leicester, but there are a lot more boxes to tick for us. I genuinely feel that there’s a little bit more confidence in and around the camp.”

Sometimes results come in a different way;

“We have got to improve results and I will put pressure on myself and pressure on the team until we do so.

“Some of the games, we’ve played well in, probably better than we did against Leicester, sometimes though the result comes in a different way.”

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