Eddie Howe insists Newcastle must push boundaries in crucial Champions League showdown

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe has acknowledged that his team has not met their own expectations in their Champions League group this season. He emphasized the importance of avoiding defeat ahead of their upcoming match against Paris Saint-Germain.

The Magpies currently sit at the bottom of Group F with four points, trailing behind Borussia Dortmund, PSG, and AC Milan. Howe stressed the urgency for his team to secure a minimum of four points from their remaining two matches, knowing that even that might not be sufficient depending on other teams’ performances.

Despite this, a 4-1 victory over Chelsea in their recent match has boosted morale within the team. Howe wants his players to channel the same energy and emotions seen at St. James’ Park for their upcoming match in Paris.

He emphasized the significance of the game, calling it their “defining moment” in the Champions League campaign. Howe acknowledged that while the team is not in the position they had hoped for, it is imperative that they do not suffer a defeat.

Newcastle’s home form has been strong, but their away record is less convincing. However, with PSG in impressive form since their previous encounter, Howe recognizes the formidable threat they pose.

He confirmed that two midfielders, Joe Willock and Sean Longstaff, will be absent for the match. However, Howe also expressed confidence in young player Lewis Miley and praised the in-form forward Anthony Gordon for his recent performances.

Overall, Howe stressed the importance of maintaining their defensive resilience and consistency in their playing style, despite the challenges they may face.

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