Newcastle’s Long-Awaited Return to the Champions League Against AC Milan: What to Expect
Newcastle United is set to make its highly anticipated return to the Champions League as they face off against AC Milan at the historic San Siro stadium tonight. The last time Newcastle experienced the thrill of Europe’s premier club competition was back in the 2002-2003 season, under the guidance of the legendary Sir Bobby Robson. During that campaign, Newcastle achieved a momentous 1-0 victory over a star-studded Juventus side featuring the likes of Alessandro Del Piero and Gianluigi Buffon. Now, the Magpies are hoping for similar success against formidable Italian opposition in their Group F encounter.
Drawn into a challenging group that includes Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund, Newcastle is fully aware of the hurdles they face. Even securing a point away from home against AC Milan could prove vital in their journey to reach the tournament’s knockout stages for the very first time.
What time is AC Milan vs Newcastle?
The highly anticipated clash between AC Milan and Newcastle United will kick off at 5.45pm BST at Milan’s renowned San Siro stadium.
Due to adverse weather conditions, the Newcastle squad arrived in Milan slightly later than planned. However, manager Eddie Howe remains confident that the delay will not hamper their preparations, stating, “It’s just part and parcel of the job that we do. It’s not out of the normal that that can happen. This was a weather problem, but we’ve been in similar situations. It’s something we’re used to, although it’s a slightly later arrival time than we would have liked for the players. It’s no big deal though.”
How can I watch AC Milan vs Newcastle?
Football enthusiasts can catch the AC Milan vs Newcastle United match live on TNT Sports 1, with the coverage commencing at 5pm. Subscribers can also stream the game live on the Discovery+ app and website.
What should we expect from the game?
AC Milan welcomes Newcastle United to the iconic San Siro stadium, having only suffered a single defeat in their last 13 home games. Nevertheless, their recent 5-1 thrashing by city rivals Inter Milan has left them with a point to prove. On the other hand, Newcastle endured a difficult run of three consecutive losses after a promising 5-1 victory over Aston Villa in their season opener. However, they managed to regain momentum with a hard-fought 1-0 win against Brentford over the weekend.
For Eddie Howe, this Champions League fixture will mark his first-ever attendance at such a prestigious event. Recognizing the significance of the occasion, Howe expressed, “Yes, it will be a very proud moment for me. I think it will be a very proud moment for everyone connected with Newcastle to be back in the Champions League after a long period away.”
The last time Newcastle graced the Champions League stage was in March 2003, when they suffered a 2-0 defeat to the mighty Barcelona. Back then, iconic names like Shay Given, Kieron Dyer, and Alan Shearer faced off against football legends such as Frank de Boer, Xavi, and Patrick Kluivert. In this new chapter, Newcastle’s £53m summer signing, Sandro Tonali, will be among the fresh faces striving to etch their own mark in the club’s storied history. Tonali, who reached the semi-finals of the competition last season with Milan, shared his excitement, stating, “It will be the most thrilling feeling to come out into the stadium packed with people again. They let me live my dream here at AC Milan, but now I come back as a rival. I will have a lot of feelings tomorrow. Everything happened so fast with the transfer, I was overwhelmed at first, but I have come across a wonderful team, wonderful staff and play for people who love football. The people of Newcastle will help anyone.”
As Newcastle United continues their journey in this long-awaited return to the Champions League, fans and football enthusiasts alike eagerly await the outcome of their clash against AC Milan at the famed San Siro. Will the Magpies deliver another memorable European triumph or will AC Milan’s formidable home record prevail? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain – this fixture signifies the rebirth of Newcastle United on the grandest stage of European football.