Rafa Benitez has exploded the myth that Cheick Tiote is bad egg at Newcastle and Rafa has talked today about how Cheick has boundless energy and he sees that in every single training session at Newcastle.
Tiote is also said to be a very good example for his team-mates – and Rafa Benitez has said he has to sometimes tone down the energy Cheick displays in training.
Cheick Tiote – energetic in training
This is what Rafa Benitez has said of Cheick Tiote:
“When I came he was injured.” “Then after one week he was training and, since then, every single training session has been impressive.”
“He’s been doing really well and he is very, very competitive.” “It’s what you see in the games; in the training sessions it’s exactly the same.”
“We try to calm him down because he trains so hard so it’s difficult to stop him,”
“It’s another positive. On Thursday we had to say to him: ‘Look, enough.’ “But really he’s a very good example.”
“He’s the kind of player you know you have to control a little bit, because he cannot be at this level in the whole season.”
“Now we have just two weeks now so it will be easier, but over a season he’s someone you have to keep an eye on, because you don’t want him to lose energy.”
Cheick has been reigned in during the training – as Rafa says – so that he doesn’t expend too much of his energy and he some left for the games at the weekend.
So all this nonsense about Cheick Tiote being a bad egg in the camp because he doesn’t try or whatever – is exactly that – pure nonsense – created in the national press.
Let’s hope Cheick has one of his best games for us tomorrow at Villa Park – we need nearly all our players to be focused and near their very best form so we can get the win and all 3 points.