Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is single-minded. determined and down to earth and he knows he has no control on what Sunderland and Norwich City do in their final three games of the season.
Maybe one of them can win all three games – and while that is extremely unlikely if that happens then we will be relegated no matter what we do against Aston Villa and Tottenham.
What Rafa and our players can do is everything possible to get two wins in our final two games – and that will put us in a (very) good position to stay up – but will still be dependent on what the other two sides do.
Rafa Benitez – two games left – two wins?
Rafa also warns against complacency – and after four good results in the last four games, we cannot assume we are now a good side and then slip back into the many mistakes we made under former coach Steve McClaren.
This is what Rafa Benitez has said on nufcTV.
“We have to have the belief, but we still have to avoid complacency,” “We have to be sure that we do all we have to do, train properly, prepare for the game against Aston Villa the right way and try to win.”
“You can’t change what [Sunderland and Norwich do, so you have to try to do your best and that’s it.
“If they cannot win, it’s better; if they lose, even better.”
“But you can’t have any influence. The only thing that you can do is to concentrate and be sure that your team is doing well.”
Newcastle have two games left – at Aston Villa and at home to Tottenham – and it’s all very simple – the task is to win both games and get 6 points.