NEWCASTLE found themselves in the group of death in the Champions League rehearsal draw.

The Toon are making their return to Europe’s elite competition for the first time since the 2002/03 season.

Newcastle got a tough draw in the Champions League rehearsal


Newcastle got a tough draw in the Champions League rehearsalCredit: Reuters

Eddie Howe‘s side are set to be given tough games as they are in the lowest ranked pot four due to their lack of recent qualification.

And in the rehearsal of the draw, Newcastle were reportedly put in a horror group alongside Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Red Star Belgrade.

Fans are thankful it was only a practice run, one said: “Almost gave me a heart attack.”

Another added: “If this was real we would be eliminated lol.”

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But others were more positive and want the occasion of welcoming some of the world’s best sides to St James’ Park.

One fan reacted: “I would be happy with that draw. Would be great to see us play big teams at home.”

More supporters commented: “Why would we want an easy group? We’re in pot four so surely we want the better teams to give us something to look forward to?”

Some even believed they could get the better of PSG, who have developed a reputation of failing to live up to the talent of their team in the Champions League.

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The real draw is set to take place tonight at 5pm.

Newcastle cannot draw Union Berlin, Lens, Real Sociedad, Galatasaray, Celtic, Young Boys and Antwerp as they are in pot four with them.

They will face one of Sevilla, Barcelona, Napoli, Bayern Munich, PSG, Benfica and Feyenoord as they are in the top pot.

Pot two contains Real Madrid, Manchester United, Inter Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid, RB Leipzig, Porto and Arsenal.

And pot three has Shakhtar Donetsk, RB Salzburg, AC Milan, Lazio, Red Star Belgrade, Braga, PSV and FC Copenhagen.

Newcastle cannot draw any other English sides in the group.

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