Guardian: Pardew hopes for City off night
- 30 October 2013 08:15
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is determined to lead his side to the last eight of the Capital One Cup tonight.
After their defeat to Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby on Sunday afternoon, the Magpies, like City, see victory tonight as an opportunity to turn the negative headlines from the weekend around.
"They have a squad of 24 international players so we're coming up against 11 internationals even if it is a slightly weakened City team,” Pardew said.
"When they turn on their turbo chargers, with the players they've got, they're almost impossible to deal with. But they're vulnerable as well and particularly away from home results haven't been as good as they would like.
"That is some comfort for us, that we could catch them on an off night. If your desire to win something is stronger than the opposition, then it does give you a slight benefit. We'll be leaning on that for sure."
We’ll have our usual coverage of the game from St James' Park here on the site and across our social media channels this evening.
Elsewhere, Micah Richards has once again come out to remind journalists that he has no intention of leaving the club – not in January, this summer or for the next decade!
He told Mike Keegan of the Manchester Evening News that he feels that he has a lot to offer this season if he can stay fit.
"I’ve seen it all now," he declared.
"Some amazing players have come and gone – there’s been some good quality gone out of the window and in 10 years it would be good to tell the fans what I’ve seen.
"I am back fit now and I believe when I am playing fit I am as good as anyone in the division playing that role."
It’s about keeping fit and getting some games in. I felt I played well in the three games.
“I’m not leaving City it’s my club and I love it here. Ten more years – that’s my aim."
Finally, Yaya Toure has admitted the City already have their work cut out if they wish to win the Premier League title this season after their third defeat of the season on Sunday.
Speaking in Nairobi yesterday, the Ballon d’Or nominee highlighted Liverpool as potential title rivals.
“I must admit that we have a tough battle ahead to reclaim the Premier League crown,” Toure told Goal.
“We must work extra hard as a team to compete with Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United.
“Liverpool are a big threat at the moment because they have a strong squad and their strikers – Luiz Suarez and Daniel Sturridge - are scoring goals at will.”
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