Premier League star sends Borussia Dortmund warning amid Newcastle United ‘togetherness’ claim

Brentford defender Ben Mee praised Eddie Howe’s team after they thrashed PSG at St. James’ Park last night. Despite their 4-1 triumph over Paris Saint-Germain last night, Brentford defender Ben Mee has warned Newcastle United’s potential Champions League opponents that they will be ‘much tougher’ at full strength.

The Magpies got off to the best possible start when Miguel Almiron slammed home a rebounded Alexander Isak volley after only 16 minutes to give Eddie Howe’s side the lead. On the stroke of halftime, they extended their lead thanks to hometown hero Dan Burn, who headed home Bruno Guimaraes’ cross.

A lengthy VAR check saw doubts arise at whether or not there had been a handball in the build-up but the goal was given in the end, leading to great celebrations from the defender who soaked in the atmosphere. Fellow Geordie Sean Longstaff then made it 3-0 as Donnarumma failed to get a strong hand behind his driven effort. Lucas Hernandez nodded one back for the visitors marking the first goal Newcastle had conceded in their last six matches, but it wasn’t enough as Fabian Schar’s long-range effort curled past the PSG goalkeeper in added time to secure all three points for Newcastle. As a fellow centre-back, Mee was overjoyed for the Swiss defender, and pointed out his role in the win.

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“Yeah, what a way to wrap it up! It’s not the first time he’s done that either, you know he’s always got that in his locker,” Mee claimed on BBC Sport’s Football Daily podcast.
“A huge performance, what a night, and they said it there, the togetherness was on show. I’m really pleased for Eddie, what he’s building there, what he’s already built there, and tonight they’ve put in an absolutely incredible performance.

“Just seeing the scenes in the crowd and on the pitch is incredible.” At 3-1 and 4-1, you could see the players retreating back into position, creating that black-and-white wall on the perimeter of their box. PSG had no chance of advancing.

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“Anthony Gordon was out there winning free kicks, winning the ball back, getting back and assisting his full-backs.” Just a terrific team performance, and the quality of the goals adds something to the closeness as well, creating a really good balance.

“They’ve got a fantastic team there, and they’ve even got some players who have yet to return from injury, which will no doubt make them even more difficult to beat.”

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