Rafa Benitez has been interviewed and says his job this week in training is to improve Newcastle in both attack and defense before the crucial 6 pointer against Sunderland at home on Sunday.
We have lost six games in a row to Sunderland and haven’t beaten the Black Cats since 20th August, 2011, when we won 1-0 with that Ryan Taylor fantastic free kick in the second half at the Stadium of Light that gave us the 1-0 win.
Rafa Benitez in training
Rafa and his coaches have to get Newcastle to tighten up in almost all areas and if he can do that we may see a very good Newcastle side on Sunday – we hope to see a very good Newcastle side on Sunday
This is some of what the former Valencia and Liverpool manager has said:
“We know it is difficult but at the same time it will be difficult for the others.” “So we have to have confidence that we’ll do it.”
“We have to improve in both areas. That is our job this week. Hopefully we can improve little things and these things will make the difference.”
“In the three days they trained really well and at Leicester they were working hard. It is a question of having a little bit of luck.”
“We had two chances at the beginning we could have scored and maybe it would have been a totally different game.”
“I think we have to think of the positives and the positive for me was that we made some chances. We have to improve those little things in defense too.”
We thought the comments after the game on Monday by the Newcastle manager were directed towards his players and he only concentrated on the positives and he was even dismissive when asked if Newcastle should have had a penalty late in the game.
Rafa Benitez is all business at Newcastle as tries to turn the fortunes of the team around in short order, so he can give himself every chance of saving us from relegation.
Rafa and our players will get all the support possible at the game on Sunday from the Geordie fans and that could be the difference in this game, as Rafa makes his home debut as the Newcastle manager in front of a sell-out crowd.
Rafa Benitez has also asked many times in the last week that everybody associated with Newcastle United get behind the club in these final crucial games of the season.
Howay The Lads!!