‘I was’: Sky reporter shares what AC Milan source told him about NUFC before CL draw yesterday

Newcastle United have been handed an incredibly tough Champions League group that includes two games against seven-time winners AC Milan.

The Magpies are in the group of death, with most fans buzzing about the prospect of facing some of Europe’s biggest clubs. That is certainly the view of Toon legend Alan Shearer, who is very happy about Newcastle being in Group F.

It is going to be extremely difficult to advance given the calibre of the opposition, but the most exciting team we will face is potentially AC Milan.

Fans sang last season about going to Italy, and now we are set to return to the scene of one of our most famous European nights – the San Siro.

On top of that, there are other subplots that meant Newcastle United vs AC Milan was simply meant to be.

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AC Milan expected to face Newcastle in the Champions League

That was the view in Italy according to Sky Sports News reporter David Garrido, who has shared what someone at AC Milan told him about the Magpies ahead of the Champions League draw.

“I was chatting with someone at AC Milan the other day and asked who do you think you are going to get and they said it’s got to be Newcastle because of Tonali and so it’s proved,” he said (Sky Sports News, 1/9/22, 7am).

AC Milan homecoming for Sandro Tonali

The Sandro Tonali factor is another interesting subplot in Newcastle being drawn against AC Milan.

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There was a lot of uproar when the 23-year-old decided to leave the club he supported for a side that almost suffered relegation a year ago.

But Tonali has bought into the project, and became Newcastle’s second most expensive player ever at £55million.

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Now he is heading home sooner than anticipated, and will have a golden chance to prove that he was right to leave Milan and join the Magpies.

It will be interesting to see what type of reaction he gets from AC Milan fans when the two sides meet in Italy. Will he be welcomed home as a hero, or booed as a villain for walking away?

That remains to be seen, but there is no doubt that Toon fans will tell anyone who listens just how much he likes eating spaghetti and drinking Moretti.