ALAN Pardew says Newcastle United’s pre-season campaign has been designed to get them ready for life in Europe.
United are in Portugal until tomorrow afternoon before returning to the continent next weekend to play Tim Krul’s former team Den Haag in an exhibition match in Holland on Saturday afternoon.
The training camps in Portugal and Germany have been an opportunity for the team to work on fitness and team-bonding, but the short trip to Holland was arranged with the specific intention of replicating a Europa League game.
Pardew said: “There is no point in taking the first European game after Spurs and expecting us to be able to cope with the demands of the travel and the dynamics of playing abroad.
“What we have done is organise these trips with the intention of getting us ready for it.
“The next one (in Holland) will be treated as a Europa League game.
“We fly in, we land, play the game and then go home, so that will good experience for us.”
Den Haag finished a disappointing 15th in the Eredivisie last season but also played in the Europa League, crashing out in the third qualifying round to Lithuanian side FK Taurus.
Pardew thinks they will maintain the trend of providing stiff opposition for his Europa League-bound Magpies.