Ginola insists Newcastle can overturn Benfica lead

Newcastle United legend David Ginola is convinced their Europa League chances aren't over.

Newcastle United legend David Ginola is convinced their Europa League chances aren't over.

The Tynesiders are big outsiders to make the final in Amsterdam next month after they lost 3-1 to Benfica in the first leg of their quarter-finals.

"It has been a very tough season for them and it's a long way to go to save the season, but the Europa League means a little bit more for them because they have had a hard season and this competition gives you an opportunity to cheer people up a bit," Ginola told the London Evening Standard.

"The Europa League is very important for a club like Newcastle. This way the team can say: 'OK, it has been hard and tough but we have managed to do something good in a European competition'.

"It's almost like a relief for them. Football is not fighting, it's about enjoyment."

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