Jose Enrique is not getting too carried away with Newcastle’s success this season, and he knows the Premiership will be a lot more difficult.
Jose Enrique - we know Premiership will be tough
But Enrique believes the players will be a lot better prepared and equipped to take on the best of English football next season.
This is what Jose said today:
“Yes, I hope you will see a different Jose Enrique next season in the Premier League. But I think it is not just me – it is the whole team who are better,”
“We have a very good team for the Championship, we work hard, we are together as well and we can do that in the Premier League.”
“In the Premier League, we know the teams are a different level. The teams have more ability and I know that it is a bigger challenge.”
“It was important for us to remember not only that we were in the Championship but why we were in the Championship,” “We had to remember the reasons.”
“It was the players’ own mistakes and the fact we did not play well last season. We kept saying to each other to remember why we went down.”
“That made us so determined to go straight back up. We always knew what we were capable of but it was important to remember the bad times to make sure they did not happen again.”
Certainly the new team spirit at the club will be a big plus for the club next season.
And one thing that will be a test for the Newcastle side this season, is how we do in the last 7 games of the season, because it’s important the lads keep their focus.
But we think that’s one area where Chris Hughton has been really successful this season, and we’ll be disappointed if that goes out of the window, now that Newcastle are almost certain to be promoted.
So far this season the lads have been great and very professional, in grinding out wins against any side, at the top or bottom of the Championship.
“Of course, you can not help thinking about it but this is a good team that stays focused on the job,”
“That is what we have done all season and we will continue to do that. Throughout the season, we have tried not to look too far ahead and that will be the same on Saturday.”
“The fact is that we are not yet in the Premier League, so it would be wrong to take any game lightly.”
We expect a win on Saturday at London Road and anything else will be a disappointment.
It will be a good test to find out just how professional the Newcastle team has become.
After a big win can come a fall, but we’re sure that’s exactly what Chris and Colin will be drumming into the players in training this week.