Rafa Benitez goes into every single game he manages trying to win and it’s been no different at Newcastle and the six games he has managed we were in with a chance of winning five of those games over the last 20 minutes.
The only exception was the terrible performance at Southampton – but that was also our last away game and we have also lost 14 of 17 on the road this season – a disgraceful record.
Rafa Benitez – training with the players at Benton
Rafa was asked if he thinks he can get 3 points today and this is what he said in the Chronicle:
“Yes, you always have to have belief you can approach any game and get three points.”
“Obviously, if you were asking me this question two weeks ago, and with the record of the team and after Southampton, maybe I would have said it would be very difficult.”
“I was talking about changing the system and the tactics after the away form.” “But after the last two games at home we have seen the passion of the players and the commitment.”
“I now think we can follow that path again and hopefully start winning away games.”
“City had the Champions League, Liverpool have the Europa League.”
“You know if you are in a semi-final you are close to a final that if you win, you are in the Champions League next year, so it’s massive for them.”
“It’s massive for the players and the club.” “Hopefully, they relax in the Premier League and then win the Europa League!”
Newcastle fans are reasonably confident with 65% thinking we can get something out of this game.
Note: It’s exactly nine years today since I started this blog on 23rd August 2007 – mainly for those fans away from Newcastle around the world. It’s a one man blog so go easy on me in my retirement.