Champions League final made available for more to watch as 3 ex-Newcastle United players feature
A pretty decent end to the football season for interested neutrals, what with the play-offs (well done Sunderland!) and Europa League, ten finally this Champions League final.
There is nothing better than watching Newcastle of course but still pretty good entertainment, as we watch on tonight for the impending misery to be shown on one set of supporters/players.
It is Liverpool v Tottenham and for Newcastle fans, that means Gin Wijnaldum & James Milner up against Moussa Sissoko.
Rafa Benitez having talked in the build up about the two players who he sold in summer 2016 for a combined £55m.
The Newcastle manager spending around that figure on rebuilding the squad that summer for the promotion push, as well as generating a £40m overall profit on transfer deals in and out.
Rafa saying that nobody, including the two players, was to blame for both Wijnaldum and Sissoko walking away from Newcastle United.
Although interestingly, Rafa Benitez did drop Gini Wijnaldum for a couple of games in that 2015/16 relegation run-in, including the 2-2 draw at Anfield when the Dutch international came on as a sub.
The Champions League final kicks off at 8pm and BT Sport, who have the rights to CL coverage, have made the game available to watch for many more people, who don’t subscribe to their sports channels.
If you have Virgin media, BT Sport have also allowed it to be shown on Channel 100.
Rafa Benitez discussing Gini Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko ahead of the Champions League final:
“The (Newcastle) fans, they know that they (Gini Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko) are both good players.
“You can’t blame anyone (for them both leaving in summer 2016), you can’t blame the club, you can’t blame me. You can’t blame anyone.
“They wanted to go because they had offers – good offers, they wanted to stay in the Premier League.
“I’m still in contact with them, they were good players for us, but we were relegated and they had offers.
“Sometimes players don’t get offers when they are relegated.
“They did and I’m telling you, Moussa Sissoko had three very good ones, including one very important one.
“That is good for them because you go down and have top sides interested in you.
“Maybe they were not fine here, because the team was not doing well, but they have the skill and the pace.
“You cannot complain or say anything negative about what they did here.”
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