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Season 2023-24
Chelsea (n) Friendly - Premier League Summer Series


Wednesday 23rd July 2023, 8.15pm EST (1.15am BST)
Live on Sky Sports (free stream on NUFC TV outside UK)

Mercedes Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

Conditions: Extraordinary

Admission: from $40 (£31.50) but that excludes the various booking fees. Add in those and the cheapest was £49. Match tickets allowed access to both matches played here today.





1 - 1





12 mins Cesare 3Casadei had room in the centre circle to pass to Ian Maatsen who played in Nicolas Jackson. Finding space between our central pairing, Jackson advanced and rolled it past Martin Dubravka from the edge of the area as the 'keeper came out to narrow the angle. 0-1

45+4 mins Anthony Gordon cut in from the left and as he evaded a challenge he had the choice of passing to Miguel Almiron or Kieran Trippier making forward runs down our right. He elected to pass to the Paraguayan and after a couple of touches Miguel Almiron stroked it into the far corner.

Replays showed Miggy to be suspiciously offside but perhaps the new "daylight" offside directive went in our man's favour. 

His goal celebration revived one from when an Atlanta player, when he'd make a "Dragon Ball" pose with team mate Josef Martinez. No, us neither.... 1-1

Half time: Magpies 1 Blues 1

Full time:
Magpies 1 Blues 1

We Said


Eddie Howe said:

"The players did really well physically because it's been a hard week for them.

"It was a really good exercise and a challenge for us. I thought it was a battling, gritty, determined second half and a young team at the end. We saw it out and got a good draw."

On Fabian Schar:

"We think he's OK. He's saying he's got a tightness in his hamstring - he doesn't think he's pulled any muscle."

On Lewis Miley:

"He will stay with us this season. Thereís no thought of sending him on loan.

"For me heís too young to be exposed to that at the moment. I think he needs to stay with his family and to train with us and to learn and develop around the players we have.

"I donít think heís surprised me because Iíve seen it for six months, including at the back end of last season, just how well he was developing and how strong he looked in the group.

"Physically is always the biggest test for someone so young but youíve seen him today, heís a very, very good athlete, heís strong and a good size and he looks like he can handle the environment heís in. The next step is to push him and develop him and Iím sure heíll get minutes this year.

"The biggest challenge for Lewi will be to handle the attention and exposure. Itís dealing with that and then waiting for his opportunity while keeping his head. Heíll have a lot of people in his ear. All those things contribute to how you handle success and when it comes early that can be difficult. 

"Weíll try and guide him and educate him as best we can."


They Said


Mauricio Pochettino:

"At the moment the dynamic is very good, really good guys and they are sharing the time together.

"It is difficult because sometimes in every game three, four, five players cannot play and that is difficult because the mood is difficult.

"It is about creating a squad with good balance and people who have the opportunity to play and can compete for their place.

"That is a big job and challenge for us in the transfer window to build a good relationship and good balance. Then, if players are not happy because they believe they are not going to play, we are going to find a solution with the club and fix the situation.

"What we cannot have is a massive squad, players not involved and then it's going to create a mess in the squad. Maybe less is more and more is less, it is not mathematic. That is why I need to make clear we don't need a big squad.

"We need 22, 23, 24 players with some younger and that's it. I am so sorry because maybe the decision will be tough but we need to build a good and balanced team who want to compete for things."


Aside from the 73,214 that witnessed our Charity Shield defeat to Manchester United at Wembley back in 1996, tonight was the largest recorded attendance ever at a non-competitive match that Newcastle played in - and the largest for any game overseas since the claimed 100,000 present for the Champions League visit to Dynamo Kiev in 1997. 

n terms of friendly meetings with the Blues, it's been anything but plain sailing frankly:

1955 lost 0-3 at Stamford Bridge (Charity Shield)
drew 1-1 at Goodison Park (lost 1-3 pens)
2003 drew 0-0 in Kuala Lumpur (lost 4-5 pens)
2023 drew 1-1 in A

That shootout reverse in 1997 was completely overshadowed by the 89th minute departure of Alan Shearer on a stretcher after suffering an ankle injury that sidelined him until the following January.

This 2023 meeting fell 26 years to the day
but thankfully there was no sign of a stretcher.

NUFC in the USA - PL era to date:

2000 DC United (a) lost 1-3
2000 Columbus Crew (a) drew 2-2
Kansas City (a) drew 0-0
Orlando City (a) lost 0-1
Columbus Crew (a) won 3-0
Club Atlas (n) lost 1-2
2015 Sacramento Republic (a) won 1-0
2015 Portland Timbers 2 (a) lost 3-4
2023 Aston Villa (n) drew 3-3
Chelsea (n) drew 1-1

Summer Series results/fixtures: 

22.07.2023 Chelsea 4-3 Brighton
23.07.2023 Fulham 3-2 Brentford
23.07.2023 NUFC 3-3 Aston Villa

26.07.2023 Brentford 0-2 Brighton
26.07.2023 Fulham 0-2 Aston Villa
26.07.2023 NUFC 1-1 Chelsea

28.07.2023 Brighton (n) @ Harrison, NJ.
(KO 7.30pm ET; 12.30am on Sat 29.07.2023 BST) 

30.07.2023 Aston Villa v Brentford Noon (Landover)
30.07.2023 Chelsea v Fulham 2.45pm (Landover)

Pre-season pitch time (in minutes):

0+62+45+78=185 +2 goals
72+45+45+0=162 +2 goals
Ashby 26+28+0+5=59 +1 goal
Darlow 45+45+0=90
De Bolle
Dubravka 0+0+90+45=135
Gordon 0+45+45+90=180
0+45+45+90=180 +1 goal
Manquillo 72+45+45+0=162
Pope 0+0+0+45=45
Saint-Maximin 64+0=64 +1 goal
Savage 45+0+0+0=45
Trippier 64+45+45+85=239
18+0+0+5=23 +1 goal
0+45+45+0=90 +1 goal


This may have been a kickabout, but one staged in the most magnificent of settings and with a memorable moment for Miguel Almiron returning home with many of his former fans looking on.

Two months after they drew 1-1 at Stamford Bridge, Newcastle and Chelsea reprised that season closing result in
Atlanta United's astonishing Mercedes Benz Stadium as the Premier League's "Summer Series" competition continued.

A sold-out crowd of almost 71,000 included many Blues sympathisers, a scattering of black and whites and a good number of hometown supporters who gathered to welcome back the player last sighted here in December 2018 before his sale to the Magpies the following month.

The Paraguayan repaid that support with an excellent run and finish in first half added time, sending the sides in level after
Nicolas Jackson had netted against the run of play after 12 minutes.

Almiron's g
oal was created by Anthony Gordon, who again caught the eye and was our chief attacking threat until some late forays by Alexander Isak threatened to open up the opposition.

With one eye on Friday's concluding game, Eddie Howe named a strong side including youngster Lewis Miley with a lightweight bench - the rest of the seniors rested ahead of Brighton

Lining up in a more familiar formation than against Aston Villa, United lost Fabian Schar during the first half with a hamstring tweak; Dan Burn moving from left back and Alex Murphy going there
- with the rookie defender forcing a save out of
Arrizabalaga after meeting Isak's cross.

There was just one inter
val change but it was a productive one; Nick Pope proving his fitness following post-season finger surgery with a trio of top-drawer stops to deny Christopher Nkunku, Conor Gallagher and best of all, Ben Chilwell in time added on.

The core of the side played most or all of the game; Almiron withdrawn late on to loud cheers and unsurprisingly awarded the man of the match.

Back to that ground though; number 356 on the never-ending tour and on a different scale and level to anything experienced before. The wow factor from the vast size of the place extends to the mind-blowing big screens mounted above the pitch

In scale it's on a par with Wembley and Old Trafford, but despite the enclosed roof there's a feeling of airiness and space lacking at either venue. In crowd terms there's a comparison to be made with the National Stadium in Kiev, but almost 100,000 fervent Ukrainians created a rather more fervent atmosphere than here - doubtless aided by the bottles of vodka many of them carried....

A noticeable lack of stewarding and restrictions over where to walk meant that it was possible to complete a full lap of the place on all three levels - something unimaginable in Europe.

We did spot NUFC CEO Darren Eales making his way through the crowds pre-game - also back on his old stamping ground, having delivered this stadium while serving as Atlanta United President.

We're totally committed to remaining at SJP, but it's impossible not to think "what if?" when actually confronted by the enormity of this place first hand. 


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