Written by Albert Echatah
Eddie Howe was pleased with Newcastle United’s tenacious performance in their first Champions League game in 20 years, holding seven-time European champions AC Milan to a scoreless draw.
Given that his club played the losing semifinalist from last season primarily on the back foot, Howe was the happiest of the two managers to have earned a point from the match at the San Siro.
The Saudi Arabia-backed club Newcastle made little progress in their first match in Europe’s premier club competition since 2003; they scarcely created a chance and were fortunate to escape with a draw on the balance of play.
Sandro Tonali returned to his former home after being sold to Newcastle in July, and Milan should have won after dominating the game and missing numerous opportunities, notably in the first half.
“Definitely pride in result and the performance and the mentality shown,” Howe told reporters.
“Within the squad the result wasn’t underestimated. Also they are very honest players that acknowledge the fact that we can perform better. I think we’ll get better and better as time goes on. Hopefully can grow into the tournament.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that it could take Wataru Endo a while to get used to the Premier League.
Wataru Endo may need some time to adjust to playing in the Premier League and to the higher level at Anfield, according to Jurgen Klopp, who spoke to Liverpool’s official website.
Endo transferred from VfB Stuttgart to Liverpool during the summer transfer period. The Premier League team reportedly paid £16.2 million in transfer fees for the defensive midfielder, according to Sky Sports.
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