Pardew laments 'tough' Europa League tie against Atromitos

The Magpies could face Chelsea less than 48 hours after the fixture in Greece but will be able to negotiate a change in date with Uefa if the club feel the need

Alan Pardew has conceded that Newcastle United‘s Europa League fourth qualifying round tie against Atromitos will be difficult.

The Magpies could potentially be facing the Greek side on August 23 before travelling to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea two days later.

Uefa, however, have announced that clubs can negotiate a change of date for their fixture, a decision which is likely to be made by Newcastle, and Pardew has voiced his concerns ahead of a “tough” tie.

"It's be a hard game, for sure," Pardew told the club's official website.

"You don't finish fourth in your league unless you've got something going on so they're obviously on the up.

"It's a tough journey which is going to take a little bit away from us. Certainly coming back from there to go to Chelsea on a Saturday is not ideal."

Atromitos came fourth in the Greek Super League last season, 23 points behind champions Olympiacos.