Rafa Benitez has reacted to Newcastle’s 46 game fixture list released at 9:00 am this morning and the lads will kick off their Championship season with a televised game on Friday night, 5th August at Fulham.
Our first home game is 8 days later on 13th August at St. James’ Park against Huddersfield Town.
Rafa Benitez – we respect all teams
This is what Rafa Benitez has said about the fixtures and that first game at Fulham:
“I am not the kind of manager who is really worried about the fixtures and our rivals.”
“My idea is that you have to play against everyone, and when you will play against them doesn’t change too much in theory.”
“What we do have to do is to prepare our team in the best way possible, to make sure we are strong enough to start the season in a good way, and to carry on until the end.”
“You can say that we will play against Fulham in the first game, away and live on television, but it doesn’t change too much for me.”
“Will it be difficult? Yes. Do we have to respect them? Yes.”
“But the main thing is how good will we be this day, and how good we have to be during the whole season.”
“There are a lot of ex-Premier League teams playing in the Championship now, so the level is higher. I think it will be very interesting.”
“There is more quality around the division, so I think that you will see better games – and it will always be exciting.”
That’s typical of Rafa Benitez where it’s all about what Newcastle will do in the games.
Rafa will do his utmost to have the Newcastle side ready for every single game – and Rafa will be visiting 11 grounds he has never before visited.
See – there’s some advantages of being in the Championship – well maybe just for one season.
Howay The Lads!!