Mon 6 Nov 2023, 17:18 · Ash Harrison

‘Amazing supporters’: Marcel Sabitzer warned his teammates about the noise at St James’ Park

‘Amazing supporters’: Marcel Sabitzer warned his teammates about the noise at St James’ Park
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Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marcel Sabitzer has shared how he warned his teammates about the atmosphere at St James' Park ahead of the Champions League clash two weeks ago.

Newcastle United lost the home tie against Borussia Dortmund in the pouring rain at St James' Park a fortnight ago, now the Toon Army has traveled to Germany to face the Yellow Wall.

There was one man in the Dortmund side two weeks ago who had tasted the St James' Park atmosphere beforehand, and he says he warned his teammates that it was going to be loud and the crowd would push Newcastle on.

Sabitzer told The Athletic that he loves St James' Park

Marcel Sabitzer
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Marcel Sabitzer loves St James' Park

Sabitzer told The Athletic that he felt Dortmund were fortunate against Newcastle at St James' Park.

“It went back and forth but in the end, we got it over the line with a bit of luck. But the spirit and attitude, the control in the build-up, the way we managed the lead… It was a mature performance and a very important win. We have truly arrived in the group stage with that result.”

Then he went on to share that he used the knowledge he'd gained while on loan at Manchester United to warn his current side about St James' Park. Sabitzer was part of the Man United side that lost 2-0 at St James' Park in April this year.

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“We sunk without a trace there, we didn’t have a chance. I told the team about the noise, their amazing supporters, the atmosphere (before the game). I knew that there would be moments when Newcastle would get on top. And then you really feel the crowd pushing them forward. I love grounds like that.”

Newcastle now comes up against the famous Dortmund atmosphere, but when they play regularly at St James' Park, we're sure the lads won't be daunted by it.

Form is on our side going into the game again, and as long as there's no rain which seems to turn our players into Gremlins, then we'll be fine, just fine.