Newcastle defender Coloccini: Metalist Kharkiv genuine South American team

Newcastle United skipper Fabricio Coloccini admits facing Europa League opponents Metalist Kharkiv is like playing teams at home in Argentina.

Newcastle United skipper Fabricio Coloccini admits facing Europa League opponents Metalist Kharkiv is like playing teams at home in Argentina.

Metalist fielded nine South Americans in their starting line-up at St James’s Park and coach Myron Markevich is likely to name the same side tonight.

Coloccini said: "It was very strange, different for all of us. The striker Cristaldo kept talking to me in Spanish during the game and that doesn’t happen often.

"Like me, they want to experience something different, a new life, playing in a new country and take on a new challenge."

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