Rafa Benitez is trying his very best to rally his Newcastle players – if only he had some help from the players to rally themselves – but it´s almost looking like a lost cause these days with the passionless displays and seemingly couldn´t care less attitude from a number of our players.
Rafa wants what every Newcastle fan wants to see – “commitment and passion” from the players – which is a basic requirement if you want to play for Newcastle United.
Rafa Benitez – wants to see passion and commitment
Here´s what the former Valencia and Liverpool manager has had to say today after our lads collapsed after about 8 seconds when the game kicked off at Southampton last Saturday:
“The commitment and passion has to be seen on the pitch from the first minute from everybody. It’s important everybody believes.”
“We made silly mistakes and we have to avoid repeating them. We have to start sooner rather than later or it will be impossible.”
“It’s still about every game. Away we are not doing well so we have to change and do something.”
“But at home we have the fans behind us and we need them with the team. So it is not the time to criticize every one.”
“We have to wait and at the end of the season we’ll see what happens. But every game is important. We have six games to play and we have to concentrate on the next one. We can’t do anything else.”
Rafa is absolutely right when he says the fans have to be behind the team – as hard as that is at the moment – we have to try to spur the players on to get that first win and then things could change.
I am told by people that miracles can and do happen in life – occasionally.
When Rafa gives his press conference – probably tomorrow – we usually get our hopes up, because what he says usually makes loads of sense.
But then we play the game and we are hopeless or are competitive in the game but then make stupid schoolboy mistakes to make sure we lose it.
We will not get our hopes up against Swansea too much, because in the last four fixtures at St. James Park they have drawn one and won the last three.
That should save us from even more disappointment and pain after the game – and who knows the players may shock us by playing somewhere near their best form.
Yes, that´s very low odds we know – but it could happen – if the stars and the moon line up.
Thinking on the positive side, maybe it´s just the stars that have to line up?