Porto were well ahead of Newcastle in their fitness levels on Saturday night and it showed.
The reigning Portuguese Champions kick their season off on Saturday at home to Aves.
Rafa Benitez seemed pleased enough with Newcastle’s display on Saturday night although Porto were the better team from the first whistle.
Once again Newcastle showed they can be hard to break down and the defense came out of the game looking good, with new goalkeeper Martin Dubravka outstanding.
Newcastle will play SC Braga on Wednesday night and the squad are now training close to the Municipal Stadium of Braga in northern Portugal preparing for the game.
Rafa Benitez – we did a good job at Porto
After the hard fought draw on Saturday night this is what the Newcastle manager had to say about the game and about Porto:
“FC Porto are an excellent team with many good players.”
“They always maintain a good level and I’m sure they will be well in Europe and in the title race in Portugal next season.”
“It was an interesting game against a good team.”
“We did a good job against a rival that has a great difference in terms of fitness.
“We are happy with what we did.”
Newcastle take on SC Braga on Wednesday night (7:30pm kick-off) and then we complete our preseason schedule with a home game against Bundesliga side FC Augsburg on Saturday afternoon at 3:00pm.
Here’s how we have done so far.
|Tue 17 July KO 7.45pm||St. Patrick’s Athletic |
|Richmond Park Stadium, Dublin|
|Tue 24 July KO 7.45pm||Hull City|
|KCOM Stadium, Hull|
|Sat 28 July KO 8:00pm||FC Porto|
|Estadio do Dragao, Porto|
|Wed 1 Aug KO 7:30pm||SC Braga||Estadio Municipal, Braga|
|Sat 4 Aug KO 3:00 pm||FC Augsburg||St. James’ Park, Newcastle|