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Champions League final opponents say a lot about Steve McClaren’s Newcastle United reign

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Champions League final opponents say a lot about Steve McClaren’s Newcastle United reign

Moussa Sissoko and Georginio Wijnaldum were both relegated with Newcastle United.

Tottenham Hotspur followed in the footsteps of Liverpool yesterday evening by producing an incredible comeback against Ajax. The result is an all-English final in Madrid next month. Tottenham taking on Liverpool will undoubtedly have football fans up and down the country taking an interest. In particular, it seems, fans from Newcastle United.

This tweet was doing the rounds after the game:

Moussa Sissoko and Georginio Wijnaldum are indeed set to go toe-to-toe in the Champions League final. The pair were part of the Newcastle United team relegated from the Premier League in the 2015-16 season.

 

That summer both left the club. Wijnaldum joined Liverpool for a fee reported by Sky Sports to be in the region of £25 million. Sissoko joined Tottenham after Euro 2016 for a fee reported by the BBC to be in the region of £30 million.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 18: Georginio Wijnaldum of Newcastle United celebrates with Moussa Sissoko as he scores the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Norwich City at St James’ Park on October 18, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The fact Newcastle got relegated with an impressive team containing both players will baffle fans at St James’ Park.

Many probably rightly blame the manager, Steve McClaren for that calamitous campaign. This recent evidence certainly won’t help disprove that claim.

Newcastle eventually got a combined £55 million for the pair, which now looks like pennies after their inspiring semi-final performances.

Whilst both left under fairly different circumstances, and certainly varied levels of respect from Newcastle fans, it will be fascinating to supporters to see the relegated pair go head-to-head.

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