Martin Dubravka will be one of the Newcastle players earliest back to Tyneside after the international break.
Slovakia having won 3-0 against a makeshift Denmark team, with the Newcastle keeper on the bench, then unlucky to lose 1-0 in Ukraine on Sunday, when Dubravka was unlucky to be beaten by a penalty which he got a hand to.
He has been one of the real bright spots for Newcastle so far this season, his form as simply carried on from what we saw as a loan player last season.
However, the Slovakian number one also insists that whilst Manchester City were very good in the last Premier League match, Newcastle also have ‘brilliant players’ in their team.
Not so sure I’d go as far as ‘brilliant’ but I would agree with Martin Dubravka when he says Newcastle have been landed with ‘tough opponents’ in the opening matches, certainly against Spurs, Chelsea and Man City.
All that has been missing is ‘a little bit of luck’ according to the summer signing and he insists ‘I don’t agree if anyone says we are not in a good shape.’
The acid test will be when Newcastle are playing teams who you would expect them to have a good chance of beating.
Exactly what category Arsenal fall into is open to debate, they obviously have some very talented players but after conceding eight goals in four PL games already, including two against Cardiff, Newcastle must show a lot more going forward than we have seen so far.
A repeat of last season’s 2-1 win would do wonder for the Newcastle team and fans’ confidence, an interesting game ahead of us, especially in terms of the tactics and formation Rafa Benitez will use.
Martin Dubravka talking to the club’s official site:
“I don’t agree if anyone says we (Newcastle) are not in a good shape.
“We’ve played against very tough opponents and in all of the games, they were very close and we have missed a little bit of luck, especially against Tottenham.
“We could easily have taken a draw against Chelsea and unfortunately we didn’t win against Cardiff, but we created chances and stood compact, and if we play like we did against Manchester City – especially in the second half – we can be successful.
“We hoped that we could change something (after Man City went 2-1 up), we tried to stay focused for the full 90 minutes, but of course it’s difficult when you play against Man City at their stadium.
“It was a tough game but it showed that we have brilliant players ourselves and we have confidence for the next games.
“Every time when I go to the national team, I really look forward to seeing my teammates and the coaching staff. It’s great, the mood there – the same as at Newcastle.”