‘Feel the love’ - Former Newcastle United star already anticipating memorable night against PSG

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A former Newcastle United star is relishing the return of Champions League nights at St James Park as Paris Saint-Germain prepare to visit Tyneside.

Former Newcastle United star Jermaine Jenas is already relishing the atmosphere Magpies supporters will produce when St James Park its their first Champions League fixture in two decades.

Eddie Howe’s side marked their return to European football’s elite with a hard-earned draw against Serie A giants AC Milan on Tuesday night as a disciplined defensive display and an impressive performance from goalkeeper Nick Pope earned a share of the spoils.

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Just under 66,000 supporters - including 4,000 from Tyneside - produced a memorable atmosphere inside the iconic San Siro and they received praise from United manager Howe during his post-match press conference.

He said: “I thought the crowd were very good for Milan. It was a hostile atmosphere and the players had to adjust to that and that is why I don’t think you can underestimate the performance and point. It will look better and better as time goes on. There were new experiences for a lot of us tonight and hopefully we can grow from this.”

United supporters will now have a two-week wait for their first home game in Group F as Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are due to visit Tyneside on the first midweek of October - and former Magpies midfielder Jenas believes the men in black at white will ‘feel the love’ on what will be an eagerly anticipated night at Gallowgate.

He told TNT Sports: “When you’re in that tunnel and you hear that roar, that noise, you hear the music, those fans are a very, very special bunch.

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“They’ve been waiting a long time for this kind of moment and those players are going to love it. You saw a couple of local boys there (Dan Burn and Sean Longstaff), they grew up watching my team play and they are going to feel the love on that night.”

The Magpies will return to Premier League duty on Sunday afternoon when they travel to Sheffield United just three days before they host Manchester City in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

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