Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew says tonight's UEFA Europa League last-16 round match against Anzhi Makhachkala presents a "great opportunity" for the club.
If the Magpies beat the Russian side in the second leg this evening, it would be the first time the club has reached the quarter-finals of a European competition since 2005. Pardew says his team are in a strong position to qualify. He said:
– Alan Pardew, Newcastle United FC Manager
"It's a great position for us. It's quite simple. We need to win. If you're going to go through in a tie you want to win. We're not going to win on away goals, we've got to win the game."
However, with the score level at 0-0 after last week's first leg at the Luzhniki Stadium the tie is still wide open. Anzhi proved their credentials by beating Liverpool 2-1 during the group stage of this year's competition, and they are more than capable of scoring at St James' Park.
Newcastle's main threat will arguably come from Samuel Eto'o, who is the tournament's top scorer with nine goals this season. But Pardew says the Cameroon international is not only danger-man, as Guus Hiddink has a host of quality players at his disposal.
He said: "They've got some outstanding players. Jucilei, who our fans won't know, sits in front of their back four. He's an outstanding player.
"They obviously have Eto'o, and Willian. They have offensive players who are going to cause us trouble."
"But we're really in good form. We have a great spirit a the training ground at the moment as you can imagine. It's a great opportunity for us and we're going to try and take that," he added.