Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cool Heads and Our Pedal to the Metal Will Help Us Silence Europa Rivals; Don't Go Gung-Ho in Bid to Beat Kharkiv, Warns Jonas

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cool Heads and Our Pedal to the Metal Will Help Us Silence Europa Rivals; Don't Go Gung-Ho in Bid to Beat Kharkiv, Warns Jonas

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Byline: NEIL CAMERON

JONAS GUTIERREZ wants Newcastle United to be both clever and brave when they go to Ukraine this week determined to attack FC Metalist Kharkiv.

A score draw in the 90 minutes would be enough for the Magpies to get through to the last 16 of the Europa League; the away goals rule would not count if the second leg went into extra time after another 0-0. Metalist showed more than enough at St James' Park to suggest they themselves will attack more at their own stadium, which is expected to be full of 30,000 noisy home supporters.

Gutierrez insists Newcastle will travel without any fear of what lies in store given, in his opinion at least, that they are the better team.

But it will take brains as well as bravery to get past one of Ukraine's best sides of the last five years.

Gutierrez said: "We will have to be fairly clever with the way we approach the second leg. All of us will have to work out the best way to get behind them so we can create the opportunities to score.

"Thursday is going to be a more difficult game than last week, but we are not afraid of the challenge.

"There is not much difference between the two sides. Metalist will attack us more in front of their own fans. But we can score over there. We will create chances.

"The most important thing is that we are clever about how we do that.

"We will attack them, but we must use our heads. Metalist showed at St James' Park that they are a team with goals in them, so we need to look after their offensive players and not allow them space at the back."

The men from Kharkiv, or South America to be more precise, are a decent footballing side.

They are not brilliant, but the Brazilians and Argentinians who dominate the make-up of the team do, as you would expect, know how to play a pass and control the ball. And we can assume they will show us more in the way of shot-making on Thursday evening.

Gutierrez said: "We all know how difficult it is going to be. Metalist are a good team. We saw that they try to play football and I'm sure they will put us under pressure.

"And we really need to take care of their offensive players, the guys that will try to hurt us. …

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