Rafa Benitez has given his press conference at 1:15 pm today for the home game against Swansea City tomorrow and some of his initial comments are coming through from the journalists present.
Rafa has given an injury update and it’s not particularly good and at least he explains what’s up with Fabricio Coloccini, who has had a “reaction” in training.
Rafa Benitez – arriving for press conference
Colo is not available for this game or the game against Manchester City on Tuesday night.
This is some of what Rafa has said this afternoon:
“Dummett is coming back. Taylor, Janmaat and Coloccini are not available. We have to manage with the players we have.”
“The other scores don’t matter. We have to win our game. I think we can win games and get the points we need to stay up.”
“Swansea have confidence. They are organized. They aren’t at risk of relegation so they will play football.”
“In training sessions, the team is doing well. Now is the time to show it and play as a team on the pitch.”
Rafa was happy last week also with the way the players were performing in training, but then we immediately collapsed and conceded after just four minutes at St. Mary’s Stadium.
It’s not good that we have both the experienced Janmaat and Coloccini out with injury – and it looks like our defense is again threadbare – although Paul Dummett is likely to start the game tomorrow.
It will be asking a lot of both Chancel Mbemba and Jamaal Lascelles in central defense tomorrow afternoon. but perhaps the crowd can inspire them to play well – they are both young players but with good attitudes.
The absence of Coloccini has been a key problem for us, because we think he would play well for Rafa – if he ever gets fit before the end of the season.