‘Newcastle are out’ - Callum Wilson fuelled for AC Milan clash by West Ham man Michail Antonio’s mockery
Newcastle United may be Champions League underdogs, but Callum Wilson says the side are using doubters as motivation.
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The West Ham United forward chatted with Wilson about the Magpies' return to European football on this week's BBC Sounds' Footballers' Football Podcast and mused on the tricky group the North East club had been given.
Newcastle United will go on to face Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund after battling AC Milan at the San Siro, which some are calling a group of death.
The tricky draw hasn't put off supporters on Tyneside, many of whom are enjoying a mid-week trip to Italy this week, and Wilson insisted that Eddie Howe's side are raring for the challenge of being underdogs.
Antonio didn't quite believe that message at first and shouted: "Newcastle are out!"
A calm Wilson replied: "That's cool. There's no pressure on us. You can look at it as a threat or as an opportunity. We've got that opportunity to go play against three of the best teams in the Champions League that have been in there for many years and go toe-to-toe with them.
"No one is backing us to get out of the group, so it's even better if we do so. We weren't down as favourites to win the competition, so why not have the best group and challenge yourself and try and progress that way."
The West Ham United striker still didn't seem convinced and mocked Wilson for 'not backing yourself either' in the Group Stage. Eventually, Antonio dropped the banter and conceded: "I honestly think it could be the best group for you guys, everyone now thinks you're the underdogs.
"You lot can just turn out and be free because no one believes you're going to get through there. Because you've got no expectations whatsoever, this could be the best thing for you."