Exclusive: Why Champions League music means so much to players as Newcastle star Jacob Murphy reflects on viral video of his pre-match smile at San Siro & special group stage draw event at St. James’ Park

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The sound of the Champions League music ringing out excites supporters around the world, so imagine what it must be like to hear it from on the field!

Newcastle United are getting a taste of what that is like in 2023-24, with the Magpies returning to elite European competition for the first time in 20 years. Unsurprisingly, there have been plenty of smiles on show while gracing the most prestigious of sporting stages, with a video of Jacob Murphy taking everything in ahead of a meeting with AC Milan on Matchday One going viral – as he looked like a child on Christmas Day.

Speaking in association with STATSports, Murphy told SKY BLAST TV when asked what was going through his head as the famous anthem echoed around the iconic San Siro: “It was taking in the whole experience. I was surprised at how quickly the music came on! We stand in the line and then the music shoots on straight away.

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It was that goosebump moment. It was the realisation that I did it, I’m playing at the pinnacle of club football in the Champions League. It was our first game as a club back in the Champions League after over two decades and I was one of the players selected to represent the club in that first game.

Huge sense of pride and part of my journey. It was amazing, just to take it in and enjoy the moment because that was my first start in the Champions League and I wanted to really remember it and take in everything that was going on.”

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