Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew expects tough Europa League tie

Alan Pardew
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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew expects a tough Europa League tie against Greek team Atromitos.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has admitted that he expects a tough Europa League tie against Greek side Atromitos.

Pardew's men could face a trip to Chelsea in the Premier League just two days after playing the Greek side in their Europa League fourth qualifying round tie.

"It'll be a hard game, for sure," Pardew told the club's official website.

"You don't finish fourth in your league unless you've got something going on so they're obviously on the up.

"It's a tough journey which is going to take a little bit away from us. Certainly coming back from there to go to Chelsea on a Saturday is not ideal."

Atromitos came fourth last season in the Greek Super League, finishing 23 points behind champions Olympiakos.

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