Rafa Benitez is a confident man who is sure about his abilities as a world-class manager and we saw the effect it had on the Newcastle players last season.
Moe than one of our players has said he gave them the confidence to go out and perform – and a number of our players like Jamaal Lascelles, Vurnon Anita, Karl Darlow, Paul Dummett, Jack Colback and Andros Townsend came to the fore under Rafa and looked very good players.
Rafa believes in himself and what Newcastle can do in the future and his task is to get everybody associated with Newcastle to believe in that again.
This is not another false dawn that we’ve had too many times before since Sir Bobby Robson was sacked in August, 2004.
Rafa Benitez – oozes confidence
There was some good news today that Rafa said Newcastle have four signings almost wrapped up and we should see players coming through the door shortly.
This is some of what Rafa Benitez has said in his interview with BBC Newcastle today:
“We have to trust in ourselves. The main thing is that we go into the season and try and do well from the first game,”
“Everybody will be expecting ‘Oh Newcastle, they have to win.’ Well we will see what happens. But we have to be ready – that is the main thing. We do not fear and we are not worried about anyone, it is about ourselves.”
“We can be very, very strong and approach every game trying to win. It’s simple.”
“I have some experience of this when I was at Chelsea, Real Madrid and Liverpool. Everyone thinks ‘We must beat them, we have to beat them’.”
“I was talking with some of the players in the summer about what to expect and that some teams may sit deep. We have to have a game plan in case they play deep.”
“We saw Spain with problems against Croatia. They had one counter-attack and won the game.”
“It will happen but over the course of the season we have to have a style of play and do it that way.” “I’m not worried about the fixtures because you cannot change anything. We will analyse it and see.
“We’ve got Fulham on Friday. Will it be difficult? Yes. Every game will be difficult, but at the end it depends on us and what we can do.”
“It will depend on how can we progress now in the transfer market and change things around and to be ready for the first game.”
When you are a good team you have to expect other teams to play above themselves and want to beat you – but that’s one of the costs of being successful.
If you take that as a disadvantage then you’ll never be successful.
So Rafa is trying to teach the Newcastle players not only how they can become better players, but to have the attitude and confidence that it takes to become great players.
And apart from that he will want to bring in players like Alvaro Arbeloa, who have that attitude already and have been very successful in their football careers at the highest level.
We have every confidence that Rafa can do this and be successful at Newcastle – the only question is how long will it take him,.
Howay The Lads!!