Newcastle United vs. Leicester City – Football Match Report – May 22, 2023
Newcastle United will rejoin Europe’s elite within the Champions League subsequent season after a 20-12 months absence following a 0-0 draw at dwelling to struggling Leicester City which assured a high-4 end within the Premier League on Monday.
It was not fairly the fantastic dwelling signal-off the followers have been anticipating as Newcastle dominated from begin to end with out discovering the online, however they didn’t actually care because the dream of Champions League soccer got here to fruition.
“I can’t put it into words to be honest. If you told us two years ago this was going to happen, we wouldn’t have believed you,” midfielder Sean Longstaff informed Sky Sports.
“We’ve beaten Juventus here 1-0 [in the Champions League], you see it on old DVDs. To be a part of this, I’m buzzing.”
Newcastle had 23 aim makes an attempt to Leicester’s one and have been denied by the woodwork 3 times because the guests dug deep for a degree that retains their survival hopes nearly nonetheless alive forward of the ultimate spherical of video games on Sunday.
Eddie Howe’s Newcastle are in third place with 70 factors and one recreation to play, 4 forward of fifth-positioned Liverpool who even have one match remaining. Fourth-placed Manchester United have 69 factors with two video games left.
After celebrating on the St James’ Park pitch along with his gamers, Howe was requested what the targets had been again in August.
“Certainly wasn’t [top four],” the previous Bournemouth supervisor informed Sky Sports. “You always hope and always believe and you have to dream. But we didn’t feel we were ready for that.
“After final season’s battle in opposition to relegation, it actually was whether or not we might consolidate and turn into a greater crew and never flirt with relegation like final season.
“I can’t praise [the players] enough for that mentality, their attitude what they’ve given me and the club.”
Leicester moved up a spot above Leeds United on aim distinction, however stay 18th and should win in opposition to West Ham United on Sunday and hope seventeenth-positioned Everton fail to beat Bournemouth.
Bizarrely, after doing nothing however defend their penalty space for the whole match, Leicester all of the sudden seemed harmful within the 5 minutes of stoppage time and however for an excellent save by Nick Pope from Timothy Castagne would have snatched a shock win.
The ultimate whistle was met with enormous roars from the St James’ Park trustworthy who might hardly imagine the velocity at which their membership has been reworked because it was purchased by a consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund in October 2021.
Newcastle have been with out a win and stood nineteenth within the Premier League standings and heading for relegation after 14 years below their unpopular Sports Direct proprietor Mike Ashley.
But along with the appointment of Howe and a few astute switch enterprise, Newcastle are again with Europe’s massive boys.
“It means everything,” Newcastle full-again Kieran Trippier, one of many first signings after the takeover, mentioned. “I took a risk when I first arrived but I always believed in every decision I made. The club has been through a tough moment but now we’re reaping the rewards.”