Eddie Howe acknowledges tough path to Champions League qualification

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Newcastle’s Manager Eddie Howe Acknowledges Uphill Battle for Champions League Qualification

In a recent development, Newcastle United’s manager, Eddie Howe, has conceded that their path to Champions League qualification is a daunting one.

The Magpies suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Borussia Dortmund, marking their second consecutive loss to the German side in Group F.

With just four points from their initial four fixtures, Newcastle faces an uphill battle.

They are now set to take on Paris Saint-Germain later this month, understanding that anything less than securing all three points at the Parc des Princes could prove detrimental to their ambitions.

Furthermore, the pressure intensifies as AC Milan is scheduled to visit St James’ Park in December, making it imperative for Newcastle to overcome formidable opponents on their journey to Champions League glory.

Asked if they now needed to return from France with at least a point, Howe said: “Yes. It’s difficult to tell at this stage, but we are probably going to have to win our last two games.”

Eddie Howe, found himself pondering missed opportunities as his reconfigured squad, depleted by injuries, fell short of his expectations.

Howe’s tactical choice to field 19-year-old full-back Lewis Hall took an early blow when Hall received a booking in the ninth minute, prompting his substitution at half-time to prevent a second caution. Despite some improvement from the Magpies, it was insufficient to turn the tide in their favor.

Asked for his reflections on the performance, Howe said: “Very similar to Dortmund (at home) last month, a frustration on our performance knowing there is more in the tank to give. We’re better than that and can show a better version of ourselves than we did.

“I don’t think Dortmund have seen the best Newcastle and that always leaves a feeling of frustration. But we accept it, we’ve delivered it and we have to look to the future now.”

 

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