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Rafa Benitez Reveals His Final Plan For Newcastle

11:19 pm, Sunday, April 24th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

Rafa Benitez seems confident that after a tough start to his Newcastle career, when he had very little time to prepare the team before important games were upon him, things have improved a lot over the last few weeks.

But now Rafa and his coaches have made definite progress and in the last three games, not only have the team looked good and put in some good performances against Swansea, Manchester City and Liverpool, all tough bogey teams for Newcastle – but we have collected a very good 5 points.

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Rafa Benitez – after 2-2 draw at Liverpool

Now Rafa will have a full week to prepare his side for each of the final three games against Crystal Palace at home, Aston Villa away and Tottenham at home, but it´s possible that with three wins or even 7 points we could still survive the drop.

This is what Rafa has said about those vital final three games of the season for Newcastle:

“We approach to win,” “It was more difficult for me the first few games because we didn’t have time to train and prepare.”

“We had so many injuries especially positions at the back: left full back and the keeper. It was really important to give consistency and belief to the team.”

“If you are attacking and scoring goals you can say, ok, it doesn’t matter if we concede but we were not scoring goals.”

“Normally if you want to improve the team it’s easier to start with the defense but at the back we did not have the players, we did not have the time.”

“We had to play against teams at the bottom as well. If you lose against Man City maybe it’s ok but if you draw against Sunderland and lose to Norwich it’s a big problem because you see the table.”

“You have to forget the table and concentrate on the next game.”

“We have to try to win the next three games.”

So that´s the plan – try to win our next three games and certainly the next two games against Crystal Palace and Aston Villa are two teams currently in the bottom five of the Premier League and not very well at all.

Then it will probably all depend on the final game of the season at home to Premier title chasing Tottenham.

Given a sold-out crowd at St. James´ Park then anything is possible and we have to believe we can still avoid the drop.

Rafa Benitez does.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.



Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Prayer · Premier League · Press




15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 The Newcastle Armchair // Apr 24, 2016 at 11:22 PM

    I love Rafa’s mantra.

    Any money if it was McLaren against Liverpool he would have shut up shop at half time,protecting goal difference and praying on a villa and palace win.

  • 2 GeordieTwo // Apr 24, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    We’re with you Rafa! Because Rafa
    You’re the best
    Better than anyone else
    I hang on every word you say
    Tear us apart, no, no
    Rafa, I would rather be dead
    You’re simply the best

  • 3 Tsunki // Apr 24, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    it’s it’s lot more peaceful in this thread. Quite relaxing really.

  • 4 GeordieTwo // Apr 24, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    We’re staying up, that’s all there is to it. Rafa has made up his mind.

  • 5 toonking // Apr 24, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    Mahrez announced PFA player of the year and deservedly so because he has been out standing all season and the one player who’s got skill in the leicester city team.

    Graham carr has been scouting the french league all this time yet he avoids this player.

  • 6 GeordieTwo // Apr 24, 2016 at 11:26 PM

    It’s my words of wisdom that are doing it Tsunki. Beautiful. Just lay back and listen to the sounds of the ocean while beermonkey plays the harp….

  • 7 GeordieTwo // Apr 24, 2016 at 11:28 PM

    Relax and sniff the incense lads while a play a little sitar….

  • 8 GeordieTwo // Apr 24, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    Picture Peter Sellars in The Party. Picture that smile. That’s me now…..

  • 9 toonking // Apr 24, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    If we do happen to go down perhaps carr will start loooking at players in the lower divisions himself those in the higher league tables won’t be bothered about joining because those who are decent would want to be in a decent team and those who want cash will not expect it from championship.

  • 10 GeordieTwo // Apr 24, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    We’ll deal with the management knobs after the season is over. Just a hint though Lee and Graham: get ya bags packed.

  • 11 GeordieTwo // Apr 24, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    That won’t be an issue toonking as Graham won’t be with the club by then. And anyway, we’re staying up….

  • 12 jane // Apr 24, 2016 at 11:33 PM

    GeordieTwo is proof that some fans are better than others.

  • 13 GeordieTwo // Apr 24, 2016 at 11:40 PM

    We’ve just got to stay positive lads and lasses. The ground is going to be shaking against Palace. They won’t know what hit them.

  • 14 BeeGuy // Apr 25, 2016 at 12:19 AM

    Palace will come in and park the bus. A draw means they are perfectly safe. NUFC must get out tere and crack their shell.

  • 15 SA Toon // Apr 25, 2016 at 6:24 AM

    We need to rock SJP on Saturday. Nothing less than 3 points will do – then another 3 against Aston Villa and we’re in with a shout! No thanks to Arsenal yesterday though. HOWAY THE LADS




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