Ive never attended one: Howe makes startling Champions League admission
Eddie Howe has admitted he will be watching a Champions League game live in person for the first time on Tuesday night, when Newcastle play Milan at San Siro.
Ive never attended one, Ive been too busy working, the manager said after his teams heavily delayed flight from Tyneside meant his pre-match press conference had to be put back two hours until 9pm local time. So tomorrow night will be a proud moment.
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The good news for Howe is that the severe thunderstorms that brought torrential rain to Milan and left Newcastles charter flight stuck on the runway are expected to have given way to clear skies as the club return to Europes showpiece competition for the first time in 20 years. The weather problems were no big issue, Howe said. Its a slightly later arrival than we would have liked but were used to these sort of things.
Milans convalescence from their 5-1 thrashing by Internazionale last weekend was bolstered by a training-ground pep talk from their visiting former Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Monday morning.