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Eddie Howe ‘devastated’ by Milan defeat

Eddie Howe is ‘absolutely devastated’ by the team’s elimination from both the Champions League and Europe following a 2-1 home defeat to Milan.

The group remained uncertain before the last match. Milan required a win and PSG‘s loss to advance in the Champions League. Newcastle could progress with a victory, provided PSG didn’t win. Initially favorable, Milan overcame Joelinton’s opener, securing a win with goals from Christian Pulisic and Samuel Chukwueze. Meanwhile, PSG secured a point against Borussia Dortmund.

“I thought there were some really good bits, we were dominant at times, but probably needed the second goal. We didn’t defend the two goals well enough.” Eddie Howe told TNT Sports after the match.

“It was very much end to end. Both teams were desperate to win. We wanted to win the game and we were trying to head for the Champions League so we had to be brave. They had to be brave. It made for a very good game. We did create chances and we’re absolutely devastated not to go through.”

Eddie Howe: We couldn’t have tried harder

St. James’ Park was filled with regrets. Milan reflected on their 26-goal attempts in the 0-0 draw with Newcastle, while Howe recalled the contentious PSG penalty that cost them victory at Parc des Princes.

“I think it would be foolish of me to look back and start bringing up old stuff. We had the opportunity tonight to do what we had to do, and we didn’t take it. We couldn’t have tried harder, I don’t think we left anything on the pitch.” Admitted Eddie Howe.

Newcastle faced a more extensive injury list than Milan, and in addition to that, Sandro Tonali, present in the stands, was suspended for illegal gambling.

“That’s what’s exposed us, the fact we haven’t had the ability to utilise the squad we’ve created. We’ve gone into games very limited in what we can do and that hasn’t helped us.”

Alex Lundy
Alex Lundy
A lifelong football fan, Alex loves to dabble in its history, especially FIFA World Cup. But his love for sports doesn't end at football since he loves watching NBA and Formula1 too. Reading novels and watching classic films takes the rest of his time.
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