“Yeah, I was a bit disappointed really. We both played mixed teams, we both obviously qualified which made it psychologically a difficult game I think. The pitch was difficult, it was heavy. They play Rugby on that pitch and it was heavy on the legs. I thought they coped better with the pitch and they were the better side. They deserved to win.”
He then moved on, pouring scorn on the young players who he felt didn’t take their chance to impress him. He also suggested that they may have blown their only chance to put themselves in his thoughts for future games this season as more “Purple” first team regulars return, continuing:
“Alot of our young players who we played tonight, you know, I was expecting a little bit more and we’ll have a good look at those now. I don’t think the opportunity’s going to come around for them again this season unless we really suffered like we did tonight in terms of who was available. But I did have one eye on Monday for sure, and I was just a little bit disappointed that we didn’t give it a better go in terms of trying to retrieve the situation after conceeding the first goal.”
Newcastle United only came second in their group. This means they will not be a seeded team like the group winners and the four third placed drop outs with the best overall records from the Champions League, who now drop to the lesser competition. Being a seeded team guarantees that they will play their second legs at home. Teams from the same group or the same association cannot be drawn together, but from the round of 16 onwards the draw is free. This means that Newcastle United will not face fellow Premiership teams Tottenham, Liverpool or Chelsea in the next round at least.
Finally, in other news which might be of interest to Toon fans, Like Newcastle United, euro giants Internazionale and Europa League holders Atletico Madrid only managed to finish second in their respective Europa League groups too. So finishing second might not be such a bad thing after all!
The draw for the next round will take place on the 20th December in Nyon, Switzerland at 2:00pm Central European Time (3:00pm UK time).
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