Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Wad I Would Love Is to See United Enjoy Euro Success

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Wad I Would Love Is to See United Enjoy Euro Success

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CHRIS WADDLE has urged Newcastle United to end their 43-year trophy drought by winning the Europa League this season.

The former Marseille and Toon star has hit out at English clubs who he believes do not take the competition seriously - and he has pointed at sides in Spain and Portugal as great examples of how to approach the competition.

In recent years, Atletico Madrid and FC Porto have held a stranglehold on the Europa League, and Waddle feels sides in Spain and Portugal have the right idea.

United face a play-off against Greek side Atromitos over two legs first before a six-game group process which could see them keep their season alive through the spring if they get through.

Waddle said: "It would be a great achievement to win it.

"I hope Newcastle have that desire too.

"It is relaxation from the Premier League and a nice distraction from the English game.

"The league is the priority and cups would be great.

"Newcastle, though, should be looking for the top four again and trying to win the Europa League.

"I just hope they take it seriously. "If teams like Portugal and Spain can, we should too."

Waddle admits the group stages can be a burden on the fixture list for any side.

The ex-England World Cup star added: "I am not a big fan of it myself.

"I think you should have the option to go into it or not - if you are not going to take it seriously.

"Not enough clubs take it seriously for me.

"It is strange because you look at teams in Portugal and Spain and they are the ones who tend to get through. They get to the finals and usually win it."

However, Waddle believes the elusive piece of silverware which has haunted Newcastle for decades is up for grabs if they want it enough and that the excuse of "too many games" is not valid.

Waddle went on: "Across Europe teams still play as many games over there as we do. …

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