Beating Benfica could make Newcastle’s Pardew cry tears of joy

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew admits he may shed tears of joy if his side manage to progress past Benfica and into the Europa League semi-finals, says ESPN.

The Magpies host the Portuguese giants at St James’ Park knowing that they must overturn a 3-1 first leg deficit if they are to advance to the last four.

And Pardew, who celebrated with home supporters when Papiss Cisse scored a last-minute winner against Fulham last weekend, suggests he may lose control of his emotions again if Newcastle can complete a turnaround.

Pardew said: “The Dortmund coach [Jurgen Klopp] was in tears at the end of his game [the 3-2 Champions League win over Malaga] the other night and possibly I will be too if we overcome this Benfica team.

My reaction after we scored against Fulham was not something I pre-planned and Moussa Sissoko asked me the next day whether I scored the winner!

Maybe I should control my feelings, but you react like that when you achieve something special and it would be very special to beat this Benfica side because they have a lot of quality in their ranks.

Jorge Jesus’ men are in top form at the moment, having not lost a match in 90 minutes since October’s Champions League defeat to Spartak Moscow.

Newcastle United, on the other hand, are far more inconsistent, losing four and winning three of their last eight matches.

Pardew’s emotions may well be tested again at the weekend when the Magpies welcome bitter rivals Sunderland to St James’ Park in the Premier League.

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