Eddie Howe spoke to the press this morning, prior to his sides visit to Manchester where they will face a battered and bruised Manchester City side, off the back of falling out of the Champions League in mid-week.
Pep Guardiola’s side will be hard to judge going into the fixture. United could be the victims of a City side who are vexing to get back their momentum back on track, or could be disheartened and unmotivated due to Real Madrid’s rather extraordinary comeback.
Eddie Howe started his presser by commenting on the long awaited return of both Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson.
“They’re both competitors. They’re both winners…they’re ready now. They’ve trained very well. It does give everyone a lift. When you see good players on the training pitch as part of your team, it can’t fail to inspire you”
Paul Dummett signed a one-year extension this week, Eddie spoke on the matter:
“He’s a great personality. He’s Newcastle through and through. It’s very important that the characters in the squad are of the highest quality and he is. He has a lot to offer on the pitch as well.“
“I’m really pleased to see him stay fit for a sustained period of time – he’s trained really well. Looking back to the Leeds game, which was pivotal for us, he played with minimal training time and I thought he was outstanding. He’s played his part & I’m delighted he’s staying.“
Allan Saint-Maximin was involved in a controversial interview this week, in which Eddie stated Allan will not be fined and instead, be educated on what is expected in media interviews:
“In no way did he mean to damage the team and the unity we’ve built…it wasn’t in the context that he meant.“
As said previously, Pep Guardiola and his side crashed out of their Champions League semi-final, in a chaotic fixture in Madrid. Eddie spoke on what to expect from the Premier League champions:
“It can work both ways, it can emotionally affect them in a positive or a negative. We have to prepare for the best Man City, so we need to be the best Newcastle we can be. We need more intensity than last week, that’s for sure.“
Fabian Schar was taken off in Newcastle’s fixture against Liverpool, Eddie updated us on the defender:
“We haven’t seen him this week. We hope he’ll be back to be available but he’s not trained yet. He got a knock on the top of his foot so he went for a scan after the Liverpool game because it was swollen up but fortunately there’s no fracture.”
And finally… Eddie Howe spoke on a lack of intensity against Liverpool:
“Our weakness against Liverpool was a lack of bite & intensity that we have had in recent months & has been the hallmark of our success. We didn’t give the crowd enough on reflection & we can’t be flat. We have to come out all guns blazing.“