‘Selfish’ response to Newcastle draw as PSG insider responds to Champions League ties

Paris Saint-Germain are the top seeds in a daunting Group F and former Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye has given his view on the Champions League draw

Yohan Cabaye was ‘very pleased’ to see Newcastle United drawn against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League as he opened up on a ‘difficult draw’ for the French champions. The Magpies will also face AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund on their return to Europe’s elite competition after a two-decade absence.

Cabaye enjoyed a successful spell at St James’ Park before departing for PSG in January 2014. The former midfielder’s stint in the French capital as a player was short-lived, but the now 37-year-old is back working at the club as a ‘sports coordinator’.

PSG will be the first visitors to Tyneside for a European tie for 10 years, with Kylian Mbappe and his team-mates set to take on Eddie Howe’s side on October 4. The return fixture at the Parc des Princes will be the penultimate group game on November 28.

Cabaye admitted that on a personal level, he was delighted to be drawn against his former side. However, the ex-France international stressed PSG have been presented with three ‘difficult’ opponents.

He told RMC Sport via French Football Weekly: “Selfishly, I am very happy to return to Newcastle. I had some very good times. Rediscovering the stadium, the fervor, the supporters… Seeing them again in the foreground is a pleasure.

“Now, sportingly, it will be two complicated matches against them. It’s the Champions League. But I’m happy.

“The three opponents will be difficult. Three different teams, three difficult teams to play. Three stadiums with a special atmosphere too. It’s the Champions League.

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“Unfortunately, we fell on the most difficult group, yes. But being PSG, we have to play the matches to win them and we have to tell ourselves that the other teams are afraid of us too.”