When you are struggling as much as Newcastle United are this season, usually the thing to do is to go back to basics and do the simple things well.
And with his enormous experience in coaching football for over 30 years, Rafa Benitez is telling his players to keep it simple and not try to do difficult stuff which usually will not come off – which Rafa calls Hollywood passes.
Rafa Benitez – keep it simple lads
Benitez told BBC Radio Newcastle that he wants his players to keep things very simple:
“If you remember the game, the first 10-15 minutes we were fine,” “We were not bad, but we made one or two mistakes – bad decisions – and we gave them belief that they could create something.”
“When we were a little bit nervous and started making two or three mistakes – a throw in or a free-kick, a chance to push or attack.”
“When you are in a situation like this you have to keep it simple.”“You cannot make mistakes. You have to play simple.”
“Maybe you will not find the Hollywood pass, but you cannot give the ball away easily and give them hope that they can win. After 10-15 minutes, we started making mistakes.”
“When I was talking with them about these things, I thought we could manage.” “But we made these mistakes in the first half and we made the mistakes late in the second half.”
“So that is something that we have to address and change.” “Again, I would say it’s not easy when you are at the bottom of the table and people are nervous and they are going trying to win the ball and making these silly fouls.”
“We have to improve these things.”
Rafa seems to be saying all the right things to his players, but we wonder if they can take them in and execute quickly enough during the upcoming games the way Rafa wants them to.
That´s especially difficult when they are under pressure and nervous.
But for us to avoid the drop they must take on board what Rafa is saying very quickly and start doing the right things.
The players need to show they are made of the right stuff.