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.
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!!