Within seconds of his team’s victory over Burnley, Eddie Howe claims his attention was drawn to Newcastle’s Champions League group game against PSG in midweek.
The Magpies’ head coach believes his team will have a “extreme test” in limiting French sensation forward Kylian Mbappe when the two teams meet on Wednesday evening at St James’ Park.
Newcastle earned a crucial point and a clean sheet against AC Milan in their first encounter, but Howe knows the Ligue 1 champions, who lead the group after a 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund, will give a significant challenge.
“We’re determined to do well, and one thing I’m certain of is that the atmosphere will be the best I’ve ever experienced here.” I’m confident that our supporters will rally around us, and whatever we do next will be determined by what occurs next.
“But we’re really looking forward to it; we’re looking forward to the challenge.” I’ve already begun preparing for the game. It’ll be a tough test, but one we’re looking forward to.”
Newcastle’s injury list, on the other hand, is rising. Howe will be missing Joe Willock and Harvey Barnes, who has been ruled out for up to three months due to a foot injury.
Sven Botman and Callum Wilson, both defenders, appear set to miss the game against PSG at St James’ Park, as does Joelinton, who was injured shortly after coming off the bench. “I think if we can go into any of these Champions League games that we face in a confident mood, good form, and rhythm, then we have the best chance of being successful,” Howe stated. We want to keep it going for as long as possible. “I think we’re in a good moment. Defensively, we’re very good, and we look like we can score, we should have scored more today.
I think the mood is very strong.” Newcastle defeated newly-promoted Burnley 2-0 on Saturday 30 September, with goals from Miguel Almiron and Alexander Isak. PSG come into the game at St James’ Park off the back of a goalless draw against Clermont in Ligue 1.