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Ciaran Kelly

Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City players' 'annoying' Newcastle stadium admission crowd will love

Bruno Guimaraes has revealed that Alisson, Ederson and Gabirel Jesus told him that St James' Park was 'an annoying place to play' before he joined Newcastle United.

Bruno certainly did his homework on the club ahead of completing his £40m move from Lyon back in January last year. As well as speaking to former Newcastle defender Claudio Cacapa, who is an assistant at Lyon, Bruno reached out to a number of his countrymen, who had experience of playing at St James' as opposition players.

Bruno just so happened to be on international duty when the deal went through and Brazil's sizeable Premier League contingent certainly gave the 25-year-old an idea of what to expect.

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“I spoke with Alisson, Ederson and Gabriel Jesus, and they told me that it was an annoying place to play," Bruno revealed to reporters after being named the North East Football Writers' player of the year. "St James' Park is the most difficult place to play away.”

Newcastle have lost just two games at St James' in the last year. While Newcastle were not quite so strong at home before Bruno's arrival, clearly, the atmosphere left its mark on his compatriots.

In 2019, alone, Ederson and Jesus played in Man City's 2-1 defeat against Newcastle at St James' while Alisson's first appearance at the stadium for Liverpool was a narrow 3-2 win that same season.


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