Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has warned his players not to expect Leicester to come to Tyneside with a European hangover.
The Foxes travel to St James’ Park in the Premier League on Sunday fresh from Thursday night’s 2-1 win over PSV Eindhoven in Holland to secure their place in the semi-finals of the Europa Conference League.
However, if Newcastle had hoped these efforts could undermine their ability to perform, head coach Howe knows from experience that is unlikely to be the case.
He said: “I’ve been in this situation before where we’ve played against teams that have played in Europe and to be honest my experience is that it doesn’t affect the next game too much.
“They have a squad to deal with, a very good group of players. They’ve had a lot of injuries throughout the season but have come back now so the squad looks a lot stronger and they have a coach who’s very experienced in dealing with that situation.
“As I said, in my experience it never really affected the next game so we’re expecting a full-strength Leicester who are in very good form.”
Newcastle bounced back from a run of three straight away defeats with a much-needed win over Wolves last Friday night, keeping them 10 points clear of the relegation zone and within reach of safety.
Bruno Guimaraes, signed in January, made his first home start for the club in that game to rave reviews. He cemented his blossoming reputation with a commanding individual performance and found himself the center of a lasting image when he lifted a ball boy over his head during celebrations for Chris Wood’s winning goal.
“I think celebrating with the ball boy just reflects his softer, human side. He’s a really good person and he cares about other people. It was a really beautiful moment for the ball boy and he will remember it for the rest of his life. ” pic.twitter.com/AHfr2CdjXl
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Asked about the 24-year-old Brazilian, Howe said: “He’s a really, really great kid. His personality is really unique, he’s very friendly, obviously a very happy guy who mixes really well with his teammates.
“But he also has that steely determination that when he steps onto the training ground and the pitch he transforms into someone who is desperate to win and he’s a real competitor so he’s got a great personality for football.
“The ball boy incident just reflects his softer side, his human side. He’s a really good person and he cares about other people, so that was a really nice moment. The ball boy will remember that for the rest of his life.”
Howe could have midfielder Joe Willock back after a knee injury but winger Ryan Fraser is in doubt after hobbling away with a hamstring problem last weekend.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/newcastle-boss-eddie-howe-not-expecting-leicester-to-suffer-european-hangover-41558627.html Newcastle boss Eddie Howe doesn’t expect Leicester to suffer a European hangover