Alan Shearer has been speaking to The Athletic ahead of our trip to the San Siro in our opening game of the Champions League against AC Milan.
He believes it’s a ‘great draw’ and one Newcastle must embrace, feeling we have every chance of qualifying. He accepts PSG will be tough, but believes Milan ‘aren’t a great team’, revealing what Sir Bobby would tell his squad prior to our group games 20 years ago – ‘just one win, lads.’
Shearer feels our 1-0 win over Brentford was all about the result, not the performance and gives us a ‘chance to rest’ and look forward to Milan. He insists there was ‘never any panic’ as it was always going to be a tough start, backing us to have another ‘very good season.’
The 53-year-old also explains how midweek games in Europe will be a new challenge for players and staff, insisting the physical and mental strain goes beyond just 90 minutes of football, as the journey and build-up impacts usual routines and can take it’s toll. Hopefully that’s something we can manage, especially with Sheffield United (Premier League) and Man City (Carabao Cup) to come over the next week.
Here’s everything Shearer’s had to say, starting with his thoughts on the draw:
“Loads of people messaged me when the draw was made, saying stuff like, ‘Oh, that’s really tough’ or, ‘That could have been a bit easier’, but I was like, no, this is a great draw, trust me.
“I always go back to what happened with Blackburn Rovers when we won the Premier League in 1995. There was a bit of turmoil at the club that summer, with Kenny Dalglish stepping down as manager, but there was real excitement about playing in the Champions League.
“Then we drew Rosenborg, Spartak Moscow and Legia Warsaw and all I can really remember is the bit I wish I couldn’t, being frozen to the bone in sub-zero temperatures at the Luzhniki Stadium and David Batty and Graeme Le Saux scrapping with each other. How…
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Author : Olly Hawkins
Publish date : 2023-09-18 07:39:00
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