We noticed on Monday night at Leicester City that both Moussa Sissoko and Gini Wijnaldum both had good games in the 1-0 defeat – the first game for Newcastle with Rafa Benitez as manager.
Moussa and Gini have been very poor on the road this season, but not on Monday night when they were prominent throughout the game for Newcastle and especially in the second half, when Newcastle came on strongly.
When Rafa was announced last Friday as the new manager it was a complete shock for Newcastle fans and it seems it was the same for the players too.
Moussa Sissoko in action on Monday night
Moussa Sissoko has described how he was surprised when Rafa joined the club and also in his second training session we magically had a couple of players fit again – such is Rafa´s power.
This is what the 26 year-old French International has said about the new boss:
“Yes we have a new manager now,” “We trained three sessions before the Leicester game with him, it was good.” “I think he has brought his experience, so that is good for us.”
“We are working again this week because he is a fantastic manager and I think he can help us to stay in the Premier League for next season.”
“We were surprised to see him to come to Newcastle because normally he plays every year for the title and the Champions League.”
“He came to us so we are all happy.” “Now we have nine games left with him, he will bring his experience, so we hope be in the Premier League with him next season.”
“To do that, we need to win next Sunday against Sunderland.”
“Of course we are surprised because he worked with a lot of teams – Madrid, Napoli, Liverpool – some very good teams, so we need to listen to what he says.”
“He’s one of the best managers in the world so we need to follow him if we want to stay in the Premier League.”
“I believe in my team. I believe in the manager. I believe in everyone.” “We are a good team and we will be in the Premier League.”
“I said before, when you look at the squad we are a very good team.” “Here it was a start at Leicester with the new manager; we did well but the result wasn’t good.”
“We have some positive things, that’s good and now we need to keep going for the next game.”
Maybe Sissoko sees the opportunity of playing for that club in the Champions League every season he keeps talking about to the French press when he´s away on International duty.
Who knows – with Rafa at Newcastle – he may now be playing for that club.
If we stay in the Premier League there will not be too many of our players who want to leave Newcastle this summer – not with one of the best managers in the world on Tyneside.