Newcastle boss Pardew: Benfica trip not Mission Impossible

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew insists beating Europa League opponents Benfica is no 'Mission Impossible'. Toon face a difficult task in Portugal tonight.

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew insists beating Europa League opponents Benfica is no 'Mission Impossible'.

Toon face a difficult task in Portugal tonight.

"Mission impossible? There is never a mission impossible," Pardew said. "But we know it is a tough ask. And we know we can get a result. We need to give ourselves a chance for Thursday week and the return at St James' Park.

"It's a big test for us because I think when you play a team who are such a roll as Benfica are, it's always difficult. They have great momentum and that confidence breeds it's own success. It's a difficult game for us, we're under no illusions about that."

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