It was a twisted start.
Newcastle United will face AC Milan in the first leg of the 2023-24 UEFA Champions League (UCL) Group F first leg at the San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy, at 1:45 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
Newcastle was acquired by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) in the summer of 2021 after battling through the bottom half of the Premier League (PL). Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has an estimated wealth of 520 trillion won. That’s an astronomical sum that puts Chelsea, Manchester City, and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in the same league as oil money.
Newcastle’s success under Eddie Howe has been quick to bear fruit. Last season, they finished fourth behind Manchester City, Arsenal, and Manchester United to earn a UCL ticket. It was their return to the UCL after a 21-year absence since the 2002-03 season.
Newcastle had four competitions to prepare for: the PL, English FA Cup, English Football League Cup (EFL Cup), and UCL. It’s a killer schedule, and the team has stepped up its game. The summer transfer window saw major investment. Sandro Tonali (former AC Milan, €64 million, KRW 906 million), Harvey Barnes (former Leicester, €44 million, KRW 623 million), and Tino Livramento (former Southampton, €37.2 million, KRW 52.7 billion) were the big signings.
In Group F, Newcastle will face AC Milan, Dortmund, and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). The first match is against AC Milan. However, 안전놀이터 Newcastle’s first away game was a bit of a mixed bag. “Newcastle arrived late in Milan due to bad weather,” reports Talk Sport. On Monday, Newcastle were at the club’s training ground and did not travel to Italy until the afternoon. The press conference, originally scheduled for 7 p.m., was delayed and did not begin until around 9 p.m. According to UEFA regulations, the press conference must start by 8 p.m.,” he said.
However, disciplinary action is unlikely. “According to the PA, Newcastle are likely to receive a warning. If Newcastle had arrived on time, there would have been thunder and lightning and heavy rain,” explaining that the weather conditions will be taken into account.