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.
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!!