Eddie Howe admitted that Newcastle were taught a lesson about the Champions League by Borussia Dortmund, after they failed at St James’ Park. Felix Nmecha’s stunning goal early in the first half was enough to drop the Magpies to third in Group F after three games.
“We were not at our best and in this tournament, that was a lesson for us. To win matches, we must be in good form,” Mr. Howe complained.
“This is a top level tournament so any small mistake you make can be punished. We almost scored in the first half and a few seconds later we conceded.
Playing against top quality teams was a lesson for us on how to play. If you don’t play at your best level, it’s very difficult to achieve beneficial results.”
Newcastle United also lost Alexander Isak to a groin injury and Jacob Murphy to a suspected dislocated shoulder. The Magpies will face the second leg in Dortmund before traveling to Paris Saint-Germain and then hosting AC Milan in the final match.
Dang Nguyen | 07:42 October 26, 2023