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Pardew pleased with Europa League draw

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew says he's pleased with this season's UEFA Europa League quarter-final draw.

The Magpies have been tied with Portuguese giants Benfica, with the first leg being at Stadium of Light in Lisbon on April 4th.

Pardew said: "They're top of the league. They're going well, and it's a fantastic history. Perhaps even better than our own."

The Newcastle boss added that he was glad his side avoided Premier League rivals Chelsea and Tottenham in the draw.

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