Rafa Benitez gave his press conference this afternoon at 12:45, for the game at Aston Villa tomorrow – and initial comments are coming through from those local journalists at the press conference.
Rafa has said he has read loads of reports about him looking at players, but he says that is simply not true and his whole focus is on winning games and keeping Newcastle in the Premier League.
Then he can look at players.
Rafa Benitez – press conference today at 12:45 pm
Here are some initial comments from Rafa:
“Very positive mood. Players are happy, they have the right mentality for a difficult game vs Aston Villa. They have more belief”
“It’s important the message to our players: no complacency. If we win this one then it will be easier to stay motivated”
“We can’t change what Sunderland and Norwich City do. We have to keep winning. I like a little bit of tension as it helps you perform”
I have the confidence we will win at Aston Villa. Success gives players more positivity. My focus is to win games and keep us up”
“I have seen loads of reports that I’m looking at players. But I’m not yet. My focus is on winning games, then we will look”
“Normally I am quite calm. I enjoy my job and I don’t feel the pressure too much”
“The players believe they can do well. And that is the key to keep moving forward”
It’s the usual Rafa Benitez – totally focused on only the next game and that’s at Aston Villa tomorrow afternoon and he wants to win it.
After then he may think about some other things – like the final game against Spurs a week on Sunday.
Love his single-mindedness and total dedication.
Rafa totally fits what a Newcastle United manager should be.