Benitez Talks About Keegan and Newcastle

Rafa Benitez was on Sky Sports this evening and seemed to be in high spirits.


Rafa Benitez – complimentary about Keegan and Newcastle

He talked about Newcastle United and Kevin Keegan and was surprisngly complimentary to both.

Rafa said:

“I think they have enough quality in their squad, and also the manager has a lot of experience. It’s a surprise where they are because they have very good players, so hopefully after this game they will start winning,” (said with a wry smile).

“I think that, because they were in a bad position, and then they couldn’t win the first games, they have been a little bit under pressure.”

”When you are under pressure you cannot play at your level. But they have enough quality and experience in the squad, so I think after this game they will start winning.”

Benitez also talked about Liverpool old boy Michael Owen who scored 118 goals in 216 first team appearances for the club from 1997-2004.

“We know Michael is a very good player and a great finisher.”

“We’ll have to take care of him tomorrow and if he is calm against us then maybe he can go and score 20 goals,”

As we said, Rafa seemed upbeat and even tried to crack a few jokes.

It could be a classic game again tomorrow with Keegan no doubt relishing playing against Liverpool again. In his first stint at the club they were some of the best games seen in the Premier league when his entertainers played Liverpool.

Yes, we know we shouldn’t talk too much about the past, but we are hoping at 5pm tomorrow afternoon that we’ll have something good to talk about again.

A win is not such a fallacy tomorrow.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • obamagic

    Mar 7, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #1

    i hav a feeling we might pull a upset or draw tmr.

  • Leo

    Mar 7, 2008 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #2

    nope, this is a dasterdly trick by rafa to make us have hopes before the game and then put a full strength squad out, in the knowledge that ‘we have too much quality’ in it

  • Sy

    Mar 7, 2008 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #3

    We are gonna get dicked on 6 nil………….Unfortunately.

  • obafemimartins

    Mar 7, 2008 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #4

    did he say owen could score 20 goals tomorrow?

  • ronaldeano

    Mar 7, 2008 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Watch this lads. We are doin badly at the moment, but we will NEVER be as bad as the filth!!!!! 🙂

  • catchy

    Mar 7, 2008 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #6

    well that made me smile

  • toonbully

    Mar 7, 2008 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #7

    When KK was first at Nufc I heard and saw at practice s he would do five a side all the time , and look for quick passing game as the art of good football . Does anyone know what he is teaching them now on the training ground . I would love to be a fly on the wall , and see who is really up for it and who are just going through the paces waiting for a transfer at the end of the season . Brring on the young ones I implore you Kev , playing with heart and agression thats what we all want to see !!
    Prediction Liverpool 2 Toon 1 , I think we may be getting better defensively , but Owen is just not working up front , he needs a foil like Carroll ……

  • Egar

    Mar 7, 2008 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Go get Heskey to NUFC. Heskey’s the best foil for Owen. England vs Russia & England vs Isreal at Wembly 2007 showed that they’re still an effective proven partnership.

  • Egar

    Mar 7, 2008 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #9

    And add a creative CM to provide the supply to the frontmen and we’ll be on the winning way again.

  • Macca

    Mar 7, 2008 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #10

    i am a sunderland supporter

  • CJ

    Mar 8, 2008 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #11

    Macca- Are you that sad little bastard that goes on radio and think’s you are a Hibs fan and you are on nearly every radio station in England talking complete shit you are 100% MID THE FOOKIN KIDDY FIDDLER.

  • martins

    Mar 8, 2008 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #12

    the day i see owen score 20 goals in a season (for the toon) il show my arse in fenwicks window he is just a money graber

  • Macca

    Mar 8, 2008 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #13

    i only say given is good cos he lets so many in for u no supportive basterds

  • martins

    Mar 8, 2008 at 3:26 AM

    Comment #14

    macca i sugest u look for a sunderland forum coz no one here cares what u think or say

    altho there is prolly no sunderland forum coz yiv have sod all to talk about exept yis going back to the championship

  • ObaFan2

    Mar 8, 2008 at 4:41 AM

    Comment #15

    ronaldeano, classic vid cheers, made me cry with laughter……..

    Benitez, I agree thet KK has alot more experience than last time he was here but I’m not sure the “kidology” (as my old man used to say) is necessary as Liverpool have a fine team in goal scoring form 🙁

  • Gloryhunter

    Mar 8, 2008 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #16

    Rono: Heard the song loads before but first time I’ve seen the vid. Nearly p*issed mesell laughing. I’m surrounded by them at work. Annonymous emails being sent the day 🙂

  • ronaldeano

    Mar 8, 2008 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #17

    eye gloryhunter, ive heard the song before but i only seen the vid in an e-mail yesterday! funny like init!! 🙂

  • ronaldeano

    Mar 8, 2008 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #18

    Well said Martins, Macca is one of the stars in that video mate, one of the “sad, mackem BASTARDS” !!!!

  • Rob

    Mar 8, 2008 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #19

    look back at him his team selection he wants us to get relergated at least the toon dont have the record for least points in a season 15pts Macca this is for u your going down and u know u are
    your going down and u know u are
    your going down and u know u are

  • obafemimartins

    Mar 8, 2008 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #20

    liverpool arent in goal scoring form torres and gerrard are and with that champ league match against inter on tuesday chances are they wont play 😀 who is the bigger risk newcastle or inter milan?

  • Anon

    Mar 8, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #21

    Anbody paste a link to the website that i can get todays match on sopcast?????

  • dougnufc

    Mar 8, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #22

    @ Anon

    Go on

    They have two streams for the game

  • cooldj

    Mar 8, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #23

    we are gonna get beat…

  • scott 9

    Mar 8, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #24

    egar m8 completely agree with getting heskey he would b3e an exellent signing owen would get 20 golas with heskey alonside him and he would only cost about 6-7m stuff all these foriegn target men go get heskey


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