Rafa Benitez On What Newcastle Cannot Afford To Do

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    May 3, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #1

    saw the last article, was hoping for an Austin piece 🙂

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    May 3, 2016 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #2

    and mackems and canaries out!

  • Bobbybee

    May 3, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #3

    Can’t see Rafa allowing complacency to set in, can you? The season’s far from over and it could all still go tits up if we take our eye off the ball.

    Jail, good idea matey. I imagine you’re still licking your wounds from the last one! 😉 No rant here, just stating facts. Facts that would’ve been stated once if you didn’t keep whittering on. It really is dead simple, even for someone like you: if you chose to give up your membership/ST, you have NO RIGHT WHATSOVER to bleat about not being able to get to the spurs game. End of discussion. If you can possibly let it go like you said you would? 😉

  • Bobbybee

    May 3, 2016 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #4

    Dok, out the league hopefully! Better them than us for sure. 😉

  • Bobbybee

    May 3, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Right, time to go, allowing a free reign for those to slag me off behind my back. 🙂 Try to be nice to one another if possible. 😉

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 3, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #6

    There aren’t any facts there in your post. It is merely your opinion that people have no right whatsoever to bleat about not being able to get in. Nothing factual in the slightest in your post.

    I’ve stuck up for those who continued to go to games when there was all the talk of boycotts, and I’ve always defended fans when people have said those that go to the games are part of the problem.

    However, those who gave up their tickets in many cases made a very difficult decision and decided to do what they felt was best for the club. They believed that by not giving Ashley their money then they could speed up his departure. They didn’t stop going because they no longer loved the club.

    Whichever side of the fence you are on, you can rest assured that what the decision any one individual decided to make was made because they felt their choice was best for the club they loved. Whether either side is right or wrong, now isn’t the time (nor is any time) to belittle those who took a different path to you.

  • stuart no9

    May 3, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #7

    to be honest , the spurs game dosnt bother me now.
    they lost the plot last night there season is finished now . 2 players likely to be banned , is Kane willing to risk injury ahead of the euros, ? the players are deflated espescially after being 2-0 up , ?
    The 3 points are there for the taking as long as we dont do anything bloody stupid but raffa will make sure that dosnt happen . I think Raffa knows we are safe IF we beat villa on saturday, for some reason this game concerns me a little. The villa game is the game ive worried about over the last month.

  • bettyswallocks

    May 3, 2016 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #8

    I’m also worrying about the Villa game and it’s only Tuesday. They are at home and will be playing with the handbrake off and we are playing away in our biggest match of the season. We have better players and I trust that Rafa will have them organised with a game plan but it’s not guaranteed by any means.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 3, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #9


    I think we all are, it just needs a bad refs mistake or a careless challenge by one of our lads…………..!

    Still let’s not think about that, I think think the footballing god owes us a few. She ought to be on our side for once.

  • rasul

    May 3, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Stuart, why is the Villa game a concern? They are the worst team that had ever played in the premier leauge! Sure this has to be the beat team to meet! They are in turnoil. They will put in a fight yes, but no ways, its simple, 3-0 vicotory. Im just thinking shall i stream the newcastle game or watch the scums ? Thats my concern! Even if we get 2 man send off early we have a chanse! They suck! And that 1-1 in st jamses against them is not the same team anymore!


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