Newcastle v Anzhi Makhachkala: Alan Pardew predicts English winner of Europa League

The Magpies drew 0-0 against tonight's Russian opponents in the first leg

Alan Pardew believes that an English club will win this year's Europa League, ending the country's poor record in the competition.

Newcastle, Tottenham and Chelsea could yet make it through to the final eight of a competition that – in its various guises – has been won only twice by clubs from England in the last 30 years. The significance of that is perhaps greater now given the Premier League elite's struggles in the Champions League this season.

"Outside Manchester United, the Premier League has not been of the standard of last year," Pardew said. "The group that's below the top four is getting stronger, with Everton Spurs and ourselves. Although our league place doesn't justify that, I think next year we'll be competing in that [group].

"The depth of the Premier League is in no doubt, and if I was a betting man I think the winners of the Europa League could come from England this year because the that are three left can concentrate on it, they are not going for the title and the experience gained so far is helping.

"Yes, we have a responsibility for not just Newcastle fans but for the Premier League as well. We represent the Premier League and are proud to do so. We'll try to do that if we can to the best of our ability."

Newcastle face Anzhi Makhachkala at St James' Park tomorrow night, after holding the Russian side to a goalless draw in Moscow last week. "We've had a tough season so it would be nice for the fans to think we could win the trophy," Pardew added.

"I think we can. You need a few things to drop for you but I've looked at the other teams left and we can win it. We've got enough quality and enough players fit. In the FA Cup and League Cup we had to play sides that weren't good enough for this club. We know we're up against some good opposition this time.

"We've approached this competition as a significance of our league achievement last season. We're in it to win it. Getting to the last eight wouldn't mean much otherwise.

"I've been to a cup final twice and lost and I see this as a higher standard [than the FA Cup] and I want to win trophies, so we have a big agenda in front of us. We're really looking forward to tomorrow's game and the spirit in the camp is terrific so we will go into the game on the front foot as we always do.

"The standard will go up again in the next round, but whoever goes through from this tie has a chance of winning the competition, I've no doubt about that."

TV ESPN.

KO 8.05pm, St James' Park. First leg 0-0.

Referee D Aytekin (Ger).

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links