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Alan Pardew says it’s just like watching…Bayern Munich

6 years ago
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Alan Pardew has said that Newcastle’s current style is modelled on Bayern Munich.

The United boss pointing to Bayern’s talented but hard working wingers Robben and Ribery as the example to follow – dangerous at one end but disciplined at the other, as they play either side of a striker in a front three – or 4-5-1 when defending.

However, there is a large element of cherry picking in Alan Pardew’ comments as he later talks about his current players not pressing high or being suited to playing a possession game.

As well as their dangerous and disciplined wingers, Bayern’s game is massively built around keeping possession and controlling the game in the opposition’s half – not conceding possession and retreating towards your own goal.

Newcastle’s recent run of wins has been built on much better defending and taking a very high percentage of the chances created on the break.

Whether this is a recipe for long or even medium-term success we will shortly find out.

Alan Pardew on Bayern/Newcastle;

“Our strengths are that we have incredible discipline in the team from the offensive players, the current top model in Germany are Bayern Munich.

“That is their strength, that is what we have got and pace.”

No pressing or possession;

“We have gone back from pressing high and we have gone back from possession – with this group of players those things haven’t worked well for us.

“We’re pushing to physical levels that have never been used in the past.”

The Olympic spirit;

“Fitter, stronger, faster – that Olympic spirit is what the Premier League is all about.

“The athletes, the ones who are really quick, like Gabby or Rolando, you really have to be careful with them.”

Causing injury problems;

“All the Premier League players are so finely tuned now that injuries are going to become a bigger part if I am honest.

“We’re definitely feeling that at the moment and therefore we have to look again at our training or pull back a little bit.

“We may have to do that because we have a lot of games and we are short of bodies.”

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