Newcastle boss Eddie Howe put in a very strong starting eleven for his team’s Carabao Cup match against Bournemouth on Tuesday. The Magpies faced compatriot Bournemouth at home in their first official game since the World Cup break. Howe had five players at the tournament in Qatar and all five started the game on Tuesday.
Bruno Guimaraes, Fabian Schar, Kieran Trippier, Callum Wilson and Nick Pope were all present at the World Cup this month. The quintet also traveled back to England after their respective teams’ defeats at the tournament. Before the game, Howe spoke to reporters about the possible participation of his five World Cup players.
“We Will Wait” claimed How. “I spoke to the international guys when they came back. Kieran [Tierney] and Nick [Pope] really wanted to play, those conversations are important to me. I will continue those conversations with the other guys.”
Howe’s decision shows ambition
Howe eventually made the late call to start all five main players. The Newcastle coach clearly wanted to make a statement to the team and fans that he wants silverware this season. The bold decision paid off as all five World Cup players played key roles in securing victory on Tuesday.
Newcastle beat Bournemouth 1–0 in the game and Pope made a couple of solid saves in the second half. Center back Schar helped Pope keep a clean sheet that night and even had a few shots on target. Trippier took care of the ball that eventually ended up in the back of the net.
The England full-back put in a good cross into the penalty area in the 67th minute and Bournemouth defender Adam Smith accidentally headed the ball past his own goalkeeper. Wilson was also very smart, especially in the first half. The English attacker had three shots and even scored, but the goal was disallowed in the run-up for offside.
Newcastle beats Bournemouth, Bruno shines again
Brazil’s Guimaraes, however, led the show from the center of the field. The silky midfielder led the team in completed passes and dribbles, while also making three successful tackles.
Newcastle also hopes to continue winning in the Premier League. They are currently third in the table and serious contenders for a Champions League place. The Magpies are trying to qualify for a European top competition for the first time since 2003.
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