21 year-old Chancel Mbemba seems to be in awe of his new manager Rafa Benitez – and he says it is an honor for him being so young, to be coached by what he calls a fantastic coach and a fantastic man-manager.
He has said that Rafa motivates the players every single day in training.
Chancel had a good game alongside Jamaal Lascelles in central defense on Saturday in the 3-0 win at home to Swansea – and he has talked about how he is enjoying being coached by one the games best coaches.
Jamaal Lascelles and Chancel Mbemba
This is what Chancel has said in the Chronicle today:
“For me, as a young player, it is absolutely fantastic to work with Rafa Benitez.” “He’s a fantastic coach and a fantastic man manager.”
“I have been lucky in my career to work with some fantastic managers, but I am really proud to work with him on a personal note.”
“The win was for the fans this weekend. They motivated us, and so does the manager, every day in training.”
“We have so much pride to be able to work with him.” “We needed a win, it was vital for us.” “Every player went out there and we all knew we had to win.”
“We all knew we didn’t want to concede any goals, that’s what we worked hard at.” “Football is a strange game but we just need to keep working hard to make sure we grind out those results.”
“We need to do that for the fans, they deserve that and it’s what we are working hard to do.” “It’s the same for any game – you have to go into it believing you can win.”
“That’s what we had to do against Swansea.” “We believed we could win it from the outset.” “We watched Sunderland v Norwich who are the two teams we are targeting.”
“We must keep them in view and every single game we have to think positively that we can win it to help us stay in the Premier League.”
“We now need to focus on Manchester City.” “We need to make sure we give the performance the fans want from us.”
“They deserve it, they are always behind us and give us great motivation so we will go out there and give 100% for the shirt and the fans.”
Rafa Benitez has had great success at Valencia, Liverpool and Naples in his very successful career – and we are now hoping he will be successful at Newcastle United.
The disaster scenario for fans however – is Newcastle will be relegated and Rafa will leave in the summer.
But if we can keep winning games – like against the in-form Manchester City tomorrow night – we could stay up and Rafa will then stay on Tyneside.
That’s what we’re all hoping for.
Howay The Lads!!