Europe is meant for nights like this and for Newcastle United, this is what they have been dreaming of under their new ownership.
The Magpies face AC Milan on their return to the UEFA Champions League with a lot to expect.
Newcastle ended a run of three games without a win over the weekend when they defeated Brentford in the Premier League while Milan were handed humiliation against city rivals Inter.
After Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s goal and Marcus Thuram’s rocket, Rafael Leao had given Stefano Pioli’s team some hope. However, the Armenian inspired Inter to a magnificent victory by scoring twice in the course of the match and setting up Davide Frattesi either side of a Hakan Calhanoglu penalty against his former team.
Milan welcome Newcastle to San Siro having suffered just one loss in their last 13 competitive games as the ‘home’ team. In the Champions League last year, Milan defeated English rivalry in the form of Tottenham Hotspur, despite having previously been defeated 5-0 over two group-stage matches by Chelsea.
Prior to Saturday’s humbling, Milan had a three-game winning streak in the top division. On the contrary, Newcastle played Brentford in their most recent Premier League game in an effort to restore some pride after losing three straight games during a gloomy summer.
Although a narrow loss at Manchester City was far from disastrous, the fact that they allowed a one-goal lead to the 10 men of Liverpool and were single-handedly destroyed by Evan Ferguson of Brighton & Hove Albion raised some questions. However, Eddie Howe is still thought to have the full support of the Magpies board.
Newcastle will play Milan on Tuesday for the first time in a competitive matchup, with Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund waiting later in an exciting Group F.