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Chris Hughton talks about facing a ‘fairly formidable’ Newcastle United team

4 years ago

Chris Hughton is looking forward to another return to Tyneside

The popular former Newcastle boss brings his Brighton side to St James Park on Saturday.

The teams are 12th and 15th at the minute but a win for Newcastle would take them above the Seagulls on goal difference.

Chris Hughton has been asked to add his voice to the tedious debate about Rafa Benitez’ tactics against Manchester City.

Funnily enough, Brighton had exactly the same amount of possession (22%) when they played at home to Man City, as Newcastle did last night.

Hughton says ‘Everyone has the right to set their team up how they feel is the right way’ against the best side in the country.

Chris Hughton is expecting a very different game and tactics on Saturday against ‘a fairly formidable’ (on a good day) Newcastle United.

He thinks that Rafa Benitez ‘will see it as a game they can win’.

The United boss had Gayle, Clark, Atsu, Ritchie and Merino all on the bench last night and despite his denial, Rafa was clearly keeping key players for the games against Brighton and Stoke.

These will be the games that decide Newcastle’s fate this season, not a thankless task against Manchester City.

Chris Hughton:

“Not everyone realises how difficult it is against the top six, particularly Manchester City at this moment, and the way they can blow teams away.

“Everyone has the right to set their team up how they feel is the right way, against what is certainly by far the best team in the country at the moment.

“I think it might be a little bit different (on Saturday) to last night (at St James Park).

“That (Newcastle v Man City) was one game, the approach against us will be completely different.

“They are at home and they will see us as one of the games they have more chance of winning.

“We are a team also just up from the Championship, we don’t have the experience they do, and they will see it as a game they can win.

“Newcastle are a team we know very well, we know they have a lot of quality.

“They haven’t had the best of times of late but we know on a good day for them they can be a fairly formidable team, they have enough quality to make them very dangerous opponents.”


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