Alan Pardew says the team he has built at Crystal Palace is better than the one he left behind at Newcastle United.
Pardew swapped St James’s Park for Selhurst Park at the turn of the year.
That (Newcastle) team I took there that night, that particular team, isn’t as good as the Palace team I have.Alan Pardew
And the 54-year-old’s side are seventh in the Premier League with six games played.
Palace, unlike Newcastle, are still in the Capital One Cup, and the club will take on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in the fourth round of the competition.
United knocked City out of the cup at the same stage of the competition last year thanks to a 2-0 win.
But Pardew believes he will field a better team at the Etihad Stadium next month.
“The draw came very quickly after the Charlton win, so the air went out of our balloon a little bit when we saw that,” he told the Croydon Advertiser.
“I do want a cup run. Ironically, when I was at Newcastle last year, we won in that competition at City, so it’s not impossible.
“That team I took there that night, that particular team, isn’t as good as the Palace team I have.
“So, we did it that night and I believe we can do it with this team at Palace.”
Fabricio Coloccini, Daryl Janmaat and Jack Colback all started for Newcastle that night.
Goals from Rolando Aarons and substitute Moussa Sissoko booked United a place in the fifth round, where they were knocked out by Tottenham Hotspur.