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Benitez On What Makes The Difference At Newcastle

9:24 pm, Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 42 Comments

Rafa Benitez has responded to Newcastle’s Championship fixtures, which were announced at 9:00 am this morning and he has talked again about having a big enough squad so he can rotate players in what will be a long, tough season for us.

And he is looking to the Newcastle fans to help the side – and has said the Toon Army were just fantastic when he first arrived in March, as he tried  to save us from the drop.

rafa 2 st james' park

Rafa Benitez at St. James’ Park

Rafa was ultimately unsuccessful in that,  but the improvement in those final six games – three wins and three draws – were phenomenal and we took Spurs apart in the final game 5-1,  even though if was only 2-1 when Aleksandar Mitrovic managed to get himself sent off with over 20 minutes to play.

This is some of what Rafa has said today on the Newcastle web-site:

“I think that the fans make the difference for us,” “Last year, in the time that I was here, they were amazing, and hopefully they will be the same this season.”

“You see the stadium, you see everything here, the atmosphere – it has to be intimidating for our rivals, and we have to win our games at home.”

“I remember when I was at Liverpool, I would always say that’s (Christmas period) a crucial period, but it is true,”

“You have so many games in a short period of time, and you don’t have time to recover.”

“It’s really important to be sure that you’ve got a good squad – that you can rotate players, change players, and still do well.”

“The fans enjoy this time, and we have to do well in it. Hopefully we can enjoy it after that period too.”

Rafa has already won promotion for his past clubs twice in the past, when he was at Extremadura in 1998 and they finished second in the Spanish second division, winning 23 games of the 42 game season.

And when he was at Tenerife he got them promoted in his only season there in 2000-20001 – before he signed on at Valencia – and the rest is basically history.

Valencia won the Spanish League in 2002 for the first time in 31 years and then they won it again in 2004.

Valencia also won the UEFA Cup in 2004 before Rafa joined Liverpool in 2004.

Rafa is now motivated to do very well at Newcastle and win more trophies – that’s his stated ambitions at the Magpies, who haven’t won anything since 1969 when we won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

Much better stuff seems to be on the horizon at Newcastle United under the word-class manager, but we have to start it in the second division after last season’s calamities.

It’s just good we are starting somewhere with Rafa at the helm.

🙂

Comments welcome.



Tags: Championship · Fixtures · Newcastle News · Other News




42 responses so far ↓

  • 1 clinath@ed // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    What annoys me in all football, is when pundits and commentators defend it. Matheus was saying at half time that “fighting” in the box was now part of the game….who is running our sport? The players or the ruling body ffs

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    Te quieromos Rafa!

  • 3 ShirebrookToon // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    Ireland going through would top it off for me. All the home nations through to the knock outs and the likes of Iceland, Hungary etc

  • 4 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    Clint, the refs have the power to stamp it all out – penalty area scuffles, diving, rolling around etc – but they won’t. You might get some soft pens in the first couple of weeks, but they’d sharp get the message and stop.

  • 5 ShirebrookToon // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    He’s a toffee nosed tw@ clin. All he can see is Germany winning the Euros and all others teams are worthless svines!!!

  • 6 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Shirebrook, like i said earlier, it says a lot about the strength of the English leagues if four teams qualify from them. Amazing really.

  • 7 clinath@ed // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    The refs only bottle it in the box tho….players decide when they want a foul everywhere else. Whoever screams the loudest gets the call.

  • 8 ShirebrookToon // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:40 PM

    Totally agree Bobby. Just shows aswell this coming season with the likes of Rafa, Di Matteo managing in the English second tier.

  • 9 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    Instead of being mates with the players, refs need to do the job they’re paid for. Oh no, what a chance!

  • 10 ShirebrookToon // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    HOW DID HE MISS!!

  • 11 clinath@ed // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    Yeeeeeeeees

  • 12 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:42 PM

    Get in you beauty!

  • 13 ShirebrookToon // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:42 PM

    GET IN THERE YOU BEAUTY!!!!

  • 14 Tsunki // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:42 PM

    Unbelievable. Fantastic really pleased for them.

  • 15 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    Spooky. 😉

  • 16 ShirebrookToon // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    Belgium are 1-0 up aswell

  • 17 welshgeordie9 // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    Gooooaaaalllll

    1-0 to Republic of Ireland

    Well deserved

  • 18 clinath@ed // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    Hang in there boys, c’mon

  • 19 ShirebrookToon // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    Just thinking same thing Bobby. Very spooky lol

  • 20 Jib // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    moderation is strange

  • 21 ShirebrookToon // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    As it stands Wales will play Northern Ireland

  • 22 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    Buzzing for them. Great effort.

  • 23 Jib // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    this eblog has moderated the word h o r n s w o g g led
    Thats a bit creepy

  • 24 Tsunki // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    Don’t blow it now one minute to go…

  • 25 ShirebrookToon // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    Don’t take me hooooooommmmmeeeeee!!!

  • 26 Tsunki // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:50 PM

    That’s it! Top result! What a day.

  • 27 ShirebrookToon // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    Amazing

  • 28 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    Wow, all four sides through. Amazing. 😉

  • 29 clinath@ed // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    Indeed. What a great day of football. Great result lads. Good graft over ponsy ballerinas.
    Makes you wish you had Irish blood in ya….love it for the fans.

  • 30 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    Shirebrook? Uncanny. 😉

  • 31 ShirebrookToon // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    I hope they turn France over now

  • 32 Bobbybee // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    Right, i’ve not seen game of thrones yet, so it’s time i did. Cheers for some great craic lads, thoroughly enjoyable. Until next time. 😉

  • 33 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    Robbie Brady another quality domestic player we missed out on for peanuts!!

  • 34 Tsunki // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    Yep can’t top that good day of footy, stuff dreams are made of.

  • 35 clinath@ed // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    You two joined at the hip? In sinc or what!

  • 36 Tsunki // Jun 22, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    Only thing that can ruin it is if Belfast turns up now.

  • 37 ShirebrookToon // Jun 22, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    Sign Hendrick Rafa!!

  • 38 clinath@ed // Jun 22, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    Been a great 5 hours of football. Thanks for putting up with me.

  • 39 ShirebrookToon // Jun 22, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    Hope it continues throughout the tournament. Been cracking so far!

  • 40 SPRINGY // Jun 22, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    evening all
    great to see the irish go thru..and a cracking game between hungary and portugal….but the highlight of the day was seeing ronaldo with a lip on then throwing his dummy,toys blanket and nappy oot the pram and having a proper hissy fit when hungary scored the third!!…..just quality.

  • 41 cyprus // Jun 22, 2016 at 10:23 PM

    Those Irish players played with heart. There are a few if those we could’ve used at NUFC. Long and Brady to name two.

  • 42 nufc 11 // Jun 22, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    Henderick and Keogh would be very useful to nufc would cost peanuts too.




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