AS Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri was impressed by Newcastle United on Monday.

ASM were defeated by Toon 1-0.

Ranieri told the Evening Chronicle: "Newcastle are a fantastic team. In fact, I enjoy watching them and last season when they were in with a chance of the big four I watched them a lot.

"They play very, very well and it is good football too.

"They can get better too. They have a chance of top four."