Newcastle boss Pardew: Atromitos no Euro pushovers

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew expects Europa League opponents Atromitos to be no pushovers.

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew expects Europa League opponents Atromitos to be no pushovers.

Athens-based Atromitos finished fourth in the Greek Super League last season, 23 points adrift of champions Olympiacos, who drew 1-1 with Newcastle in Portugal last month.

Pardew told the club's official website, nufc.co.uk: "It will be a hard game, for sure. You don't finish fourth in your league unless you've got something going on, so they are obviously on the up.

"It's a tough journey which is going to take a little bit away from us.

"Certainly coming back from there to go to Chelsea on a Saturday is not ideal."

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