This Is What´s So Very Impressive About Rafa Benitez

Rafa has had to deal with Newcastle´s terrible injury problems since he came in just over three weeks ago and at the moment Newcastle still have 11 players out injured.

Of course only this week we lost Rob Elliot for over six months with a serious ACL knee injury.

But we have noticed in Rafa´s press conferences and interviews that he never complains about such things  – and he concentrates only on the things he can control and simply gets on with the job.

That´s a lot easier to say than do – but that´s one thing we find so very impressive about Rafa Benitez.

rafa benitez in dug out newcastle

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager

This is what he said when asked if he had ever faced so many injuries in his career as he has on Tyneside:

“Yes, sometimes you have to a position with two or three problems but OK, we knew on coming here, we had a lot of injuries and we needed to manage the situation.”

“There are less injuries now so it has improved a little but we have been a bit unlucky with Elliot and with Haidara.”

“Things that you cannot control.”

“The others are fine. Janmaat is training, Papiss is training, Tiote is training so we have players coming back but we have lost Colback to suspension.”

“So the left-back position, we have a problem but we trained on Friday and will decide.”

“We have two or three options and will have to choose the best one if possible.”

And it seems the player who was late back from International duty was Chancel Mbemba, who couldn´t  get his connection from Africa through Brussels airport and his flight had to be rerouted and he missed his connection – and all that good stuff that frequent travelers know all about.

So it seems Chancel only had yesterday to train and this is how Rafa explained that particular situation:

“Mbemba had problems with his flights and connections because from the airport he flew out of, he couldn’t go here and had to go there.”

“He is here now. I was in contact with him on Thursday and he will train on Friday.”

“Always when you have an international break, you think it will be positive because you can work with your players and you have more time but you lose seven or eight players and sometimes the situation is you lose them for a while.”

“You cannot change these things.”

“It has been there for years at all the clubs I have been coaching or training at.”

“What you have to do is make sure Mbemba is fine, he is coming back late but I will be in contact with him, see how he feels, if he is OK but you cannot change it.”

It seems that Mbemba was fine yesterday and he will play this afternoon at Norwich.

Again it is a really strong character trait when you simply get on with the job and don´t fret or feel victimized about how unlucky things can be – when those are things you simply don´t have any control of.

Let´s hope we can get the win at Carrow Road today – that´s what we need and that´s something we can control.

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7 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 2, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #1

    Don’t know where most of the fans get the optimism that we are going to win today
    62% voted to win
    I cannot see it – draw at the best.
    Saw very little against the Mackems to fill me with optimism.
    Mackems should of been out of sight by half time – we still look totally disjointed we have forwards, midfield and attack but had no or little link up play. No one runs past players or covers for players – once they have got rid of the ball stand still – ball comes back to keeper who hoofs.

    Yes we got a point against the Mackems but that was more down to them sitting further back.

    Yes defence looks like it has been tightened but we cannot score goals – last time we scored more than 1 was against West Ham 8 games ago

    As for injuries of the 11 out would any of them if they were fit make any difference – not really – we have a piss-poor squad that needs improved vastly whatever division we are in.

    Sadly it will be us the Mackems and Villa that will be relegated.

    first time I think in the history of the Premiership that all three clubs that came up stayed up

  • jazzyp

    Apr 2, 2016 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #2

    Do or die Boys and Girls today.I feel a loss today will see us edge ever closer to the championship, With no light at the end of the tunnel.
    The Question is even if we escape relegation this season…Will anything change for next season ??

  • beermonkey

    Apr 2, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #3


    how are u

    things will change if rafa stays if he goes were back to square1

  • martoon

    Apr 2, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #4

    For goodness sake Charlie give Rafa a chance. I disagree at the makem match you could see better organisation and a lot more confidence especially coming back from 1 down. We have the players – the football will come good.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Apr 2, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #5

    As Jib correctly pointed out on the previous post, we have a “work-experience” CEO running the club, so this season was always a disaster waiting to happen. Too competitive in the EPL these days to survive taking those soft options.

  • jazzyp

    Apr 2, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #6

    Beer monkey
    Morning mate, Won’t bore you with the details, but haven’t been online for a bit… Had bacterial meningitis.
    For things to change the Board has to change.And that is the biggest hurdle Nufc face after hopefully surviving Relegation

  • martoon

    Apr 2, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Jazzyp – nasty I hope you’re feeling better now.
    Jib from last topic – I was at the Man City final right behind the goal when Tuart scored his flukey overhead kick 🙁 Elation when Alan Gowling equalised but devastated at the end! That’s football.


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