Now 2 ex-Newcastle United players into Champions League quarter-finals – Could be 4 in total
The Champions League last 16 round is now half completed and two former Newcastle players find themselves in the quarter-finals already.
Quite different stories for the two of them.
Moussa Sissoko was in stunning form when he first arrived at Newcastle United, then the next three years weren’t quite so stunning.
Everybody was stunned though when Tottenham paid £30m for the midfielder after a couple of decent performances for France in the 2016 Euros.
Tottenham fans couldn’t believe the star signing their club had bought and he only started eight Premier League matches in the first season, before Spurs desperately tried to offload him.
Failing to do so, somehow Moussa Sissoko has turned it around and is now first choice (21 PL starts this season and only named on bench three times).
On Tuesday night he played the full 90 minutes as Tottenham won 1-0 in Dortmund, making it 4-0 on aggregate, Moussa Sissoko into the quarter-finals and his longstanding Champions League dream still alive. I suppose never say never.
Chancel Mbemba joined Porto for £7m last summer and the former Newcastle player now finds himself also in the Champions League quarter-finals, kind of.
Last night a dramatic game saw Porto end the 90 minutes 2-1 up and 3-3 on aggregate with Roma. Extra time followed and a 117th minute penalty produced a stunning win and progress to the last eight for Porto.
However, whilst Chancel Mbemba joined in with the post-match celebrations (see below), he is still yet to play a single minute of Champions League football for the Portuguese club, never even having appeared on the bench for them in Europe.
Indeed, in the league he has only started one game and appeared as a sub in two others, playing a total of 124 minutes of league football so far, having been named on the bench 12 times.
Meanwhile, two other ex-NUFC players could join them next Wednesday night.
In the first leg, Gini Wijnaldum played the full 90 minutes as Liverpool drew 0-0 against Bayern Munich at Anfield, whilst James Milner came on for the final 14 minutes.
The scousers travelling to Munich next Wednesday with still every chance of going into the last eight.
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