Rafa Warns Against These Potential Problems Against Villa

Rafa Benitez held his press conference today for the game at Villa Park tomorrow – and he seems a little worried the Newcastle players may be complacent and not be focusing enough on what will be a tough game for us tomorrow.

Forget about Aston Villa already being relegated and losing 11 games on the trot – they will want to win this last home game of the season.

Newcastle haven’t won on the road since mid-December and have lost 9 of the last 10 away games this year and drew the other one.

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Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager on the training field

So Aston Villa will see Newcastle as a game they can win and any over-confidence by our players could lead to problems.

This is some of what the Newcastle manager had to say today at his press conference, before he held his last training session and then headed off to Villa Park with the squad:

“The message we are giving them is important. No complacency and concentration.” “We have seen the last couple of games for Aston Villa and they did really well at Watford.”

“It is really important that we focus on this one.” “If we win this one we approach the Tottenham game with the fans behind us and it’ll be easier to keep people on their toes and motivated.”

“In this game we need to be focused and we can’t lose concentration.” “I like a bit of tension because you perform better, but not too much.”

“You can’t go there and play with anxiety.” “Obviously, the mood is very positive. The players are happy and training well.”

“Everybody has the right mentality and approach towards a difficult game against Aston Villa.” “You can see the players have more confidence when you try to do things.”

“They are doing better because they feel we can do well. The way we are working is the key.”

It seems the lads have both trained very well this week and are confident and in good spirits.

Let’s hope we can get all 3 points tomorrow – then we could really be in business.

Howay The Lads!!

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6 comments so far

  • Graeme

    May 6, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #1

    It wont be a walk in the park – but with the right effort and application, we can win this game.
    There fans have already accepted they are down, they are already on the beach, in party mode. With Rafa in the dugout and NUFC fans all over the ground, we need maximum endeavour from the off. ‘Mon the toooon

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    May 6, 2016 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Taking an early lead for once would be great, let that filter through to the Stadium of Shite to amp up the nerves.

  • chicousa

    May 6, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Glad to see Rafa warning the team against complacency and urging the team to focus for the full match (especially during first 30 minutes!). A win here is a must, but still no guarantee of survival. I am hoping Rafa surprises and starts Mitrovic. Neither Ayoze or Gini have been great lately, so perhaps a time to put Shelvey back in the starting eleven. 0-3 NUFC. HWTFL!

  • lesh

    May 6, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #4


    I’m sure that’ll have occurred to Rafa. An early lead would really work Allardyce up and we all know just how much Rafa loves him.

  • barkel

    May 6, 2016 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #5

    I don’t think an early lead for us will change anything at sunlun, hippoheed will be happy playing for a draw in that, any points they pick up there will be a bonus. They’ll be aiming on picking up at least 4 from Everton & Watford

  • manxpie

    May 6, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #6

    A nice 5-0 win for us and a similar loss for the scum would do nicely oh and a few injuries for them especially defoe just to see fat Sam jinx himself for a perfect day tomorrow
    or just a scrappy 1-0 win and a loss for them will do I suppose


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