In his interviews yesterday, Moussa Sissoko has said what Rafa Benitez told the first team squad the major reason he had surprisingly agreed to join the Newcastle club.
And it has a lot to do with the players he was talking to – he said he knew that Newcastle had some very good players in the squad and that we could beat the drop.
That´s not a bad way to address the players for the first time, who will be the ones who have to do the job on the field for Newcastle to save us from relegation, after Steve McClaren´s woeful reign on Tyneside was mercifully brought to an end last week.
Rafa Benitez addressing the players last Friday afternoon
This is what Mousa Sissoko revealed Rafa had said to them late last Friday afternoon when he met them for the first time at the Benton training grounds:
“He said that we have a lot of players of quality in this team, and that we have a good team with some top players and that’s why he came here.”
“He believes we will stay in the Premier League, so that’s good.” “We need to work every game and start to win next Sunday.”
“Yes, of course from the beginning of the season we played well in some of the games.”
“But most of the time we weren’t good for 95 minutes, but we were consistent for 95 minutes at Leicester, so that’s good and we need to carry it on for the next game.”
Certainly in Monday night´s game at Leicester City we had some very good displays from a number of the Newcastle players, so Rafa was right – and he seems very quickly to be able to bring the best out of our players.
That´s going to be so important if we are to stay as a Premier League club for next season.