Alan Pardew has praised his Newcastle players in recent weeks, having seen them capitalise of a run of good form to move within two points of the Premier League top four.
Five straight victories in all competitions have shot the North Eastern club up the table, and secured their place in the League Cup quarter-finals, and Pardew believes that the Magpies are now playing to their strengths. Speaking to the Chronicle, Pardew commented that discipline and pace are the two strongest traits in the Newcastle squad - making the Magpies exactly the same as Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
The 53-year-old said: “Our strengths are we have incredible discipline in the team from our offensive players.
“The current top model in Germany are Bayern Munich.
“That’s their strength, that’s what we have got, and pace.”
The former Champions League winners, and reigning Bundesliga champions, are currently leading their domestic division by four points, having remained unbeaten as of yet. Playing under the guidance of Pep Guardiola, Bayern have incorporated elements of Barcelona’s famous tiki-taka, whilst making it more robust and physical to incorporate the more traditional hard-working German style of play. It has yet to bring Champions League glory since Guardiola’s appointment, but they look likely to register consecutive Bundesliga titles, and will be keen on going all the way in Europe this year.
Their style is one that any team would want to emulate, but just how far do Newcastle compare to Pardew’s ideal dream?
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First things first, Bayern win more games that Newcastle, with eight victories in 11 double Newcastle’s tally of four in the same amount. They score more goals and concede fewer, which, considering the talent of their players is not surprising, and, on average, Bayern complete 87.1% of their passes. They have completed more than double the amount of passes than the Magpies, and choose to hold possession rather than gifting it to their opposition.
The biggest indicator that a team plays in a similar style to Munich would be the desire to hold the ball, and, after Pardew’s comments, you would expect Newcastle to be keen on playing a possession-based game. However, they regularly concede possession, instead choosing to play on the counter-attack - as seen by their 48.3% possession total - making them more like the Bayern team of 2013, when they won the Champions League under Jupp Heynckes.
It is impressive the amount of tackles that the Magpies have won, being only a small tally behind Munich, maybe hinting that the desire levels at St James’ Park are one of the strongest traits in his squad.