Newcastle will be hosting Chelsea on Saturday as part of MD16 before going either on a vacation or to take over Qatar for a World Cup contending run.
Eddie Howe will go head-to-head against Graham Potter, the only other truly magnificent English manager—before he succumbed to the lure of easy trophies and ditched Brighton for Chelsea midseason. Some folks will never learn...
Howe spoke to the media on Friday providing some fresh takes on Newcastle’s state of affairs mere hours days before the game against the Blues.
On Callum Wilson getting the England call-up for the World Cup:
““When he got injured, his first instinct was always, ‘I’m going to come back better’ and then he put the work in to come back better so it’s not just talk with Callum. He actually delivers.”
Speaking about the three England call-ups as a whole:
“We’re really proud of our international players.”
“I think it’s great for us.”
“We try and provide a place where players can excel, do well and hopefully get called up for international teams.”
On yesterday’s Carabao Cup draw results (Newcastle will face Howe’s former team Bournemouth):
“Really good to be at home. It’ll be a difficult game.”
“It’s crazy how things unfold. I was watching it live. Yeah, that’s football for you.”
“The draws always spark up games of real interest.”
About sitting inside the top 4 of the Premier League at Christmas:
“That’s a little bit misleading because it’s a different season in terms of the number of games.”
“I can only really look back at this part of the season after Chelsea. Then we’ll analyse things & try to come back an even better team.”
Speaking of Chelsea’s game tomorrow:
“We’re hopeful to continue our good form & momentum.”
“Graham Potter always gives you problems tactically.”
“[Chelsea] have got world-class players but we have to make sure we continue our excellent intensity levels & the crowd play their part again.”
Last game before the World Cup break, so enjoy this one because it’s going to be a while before Newcastle gets back to the confines of St James’ Park.
Top-4 finish guaranteed to close the pre-Christmas portion of the season with the next Premier League game coming on Boxing Day away at Leicester City—after the Carabao clash against AFC Bournemouth on the w/c Dec. 19. Yes, one day after the World Cup final.
- Date: Saturday, November 11th
- Kick-off: 17:30 BST / 12:30 EST / 10:30 PST
- Location: St James’ Park, Newcastle (England)
- Broadcasts: Sky Ultra HD, Sky Sports Premier League, BBC Radio 5 Live, Sky Sports Main Event, SKY GO Extra (UK), Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, Peacock, SiriusXM FC, NBC, UNIVERSO NOW, UNIVERSO (USA), fuboTV (Canada)
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