Rafa Benitez Oozes Confidence And The Right Mental Attitude


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.

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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!!



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78 comments so far

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 23, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Rafa the proper gaffa in!

    EU out!

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  • martoon

    Jun 23, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #2

    Evening lads on the subject of the referendum from people I speak to it seems to be a generation thing – generally older generation want to leave and the younger ones want to remain (I know this is a sweeping generalisation). Question is are there more older or younger voters?

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 23, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #3

    Eu out

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 23, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Everyone I have spoken too and know have all voted too leave and that’s a variation of older and younger people.

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 23, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #5

    Martoon
    Evening pal. They say we are an ageing population. So the consensus would be that the older generation may have an advantage ??

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  • Belfast

    Jun 23, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #6

    It’s like the Rafa Benitez appreciation society. Ed on the mic and Jail on the drums.

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #7

    Shire brook
    Is there any British left in Shirebrook to vote lol !!

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #8

    Jazzy yes but we are thought to be minority now in little Poland lol

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  • jimiley

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #9

    Rafa will take us up no problem.
    Oot! But London, Scotland and NI will keep us in. The rest of the country wants out but three areas will keep us in. Democracy???? Scotland and London working together. Crazy politics. The genie is out the bottle. Both Labour and Tories will be shafted in the coming years by UKIP as they are the only party giving the people a choice about Europe. The other “democratric” parties have all ganged together.

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  • j.tudor

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #10

    You all know it’s rigged

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #11

    The younger ones should use their heads then. We’ve been in it since the 70’s and want out. Surely that tells them something? Always hard to vote for change though – it frightens people for some reason.

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  • giimps

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #12

    The younger generation aren’t as aware they are being lied to whenever a politician speaks, they still believe the govt intends to reduce immigration, still believe the money we get back from the EU can be spent to improve our circumstances and still believe staying as we are is better than being in control of our own destiny and country………i on the other hand have heard the politicianspeak and made up “facts and figures” to realise we’re better off with the 19billion in our own country and control of our own borders again

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #13

    It’s all rigged anyway. That’s why the have pencils in the voting booths and not pens, they can change your vote without you knowing lol.

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  • jimiley

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #14

    Corbyn has always been against Europe for 40 years and suddenly this year as leader he is for it???? Joke politician

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  • jimiley

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Honest Dave Cameron is taking the lead on getting 80 million Turks into Europe but has denied it to millions on TV!!!!!!!!!! Even the Turkish foreign mimister has come out yesterday and said as much.He is amazed by Camerons speeches. Even Northumberland will fill up when millions of Turks roll up.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #16

    Corbyn was forced to back the remain campaign by his labour counterparts. You can tell he doesn’t really want to stay in Europe by his whole attitude in interviews

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #17

    JT, I was laughed at for even suggesting such a thing. Shows you how easy it is to fool some sheeple. 😉

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  • jimiley

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #18

    Shirebrook,
    Honesty from a politician would be appreciated if they want my vote. You cannot say one thing but really mean another.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #19

    Jimeley too true mate

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #20

    Farage is the only one that seems to speak out

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #21

    Spurs have signed Wanyama for Southampton

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #22

    Jim, all part of the plan of the NWO. Fill europe full of pissed of muslims who’ve had their homes and businesses bombed to bits. Simmer for a while and then wonder where civil war has come from. Result? Total chaos that requires a world govt to solve. We’re walking into it with our eyes wide open because some people prefer to believe anything they’re told instead of researching themselves. Our own worse enemy.

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  • cyprus

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #23

    Rafa this Rafa that 🙂

    I hope for his sake, yours Ed, but mainly mine, that this guy lives up to the lofty expectations all round.

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  • martoon

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #24

    I don’t like Cameron but the pencil conspiracy is ridiculous. We’ve always used pencils in the polling booths for the simple reason they don’t run out and don’t smudge which would invalidate the ballot paper. Come on people get real – if there were armies of people rubbing out votes don’t you think someone would grass?

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  • Belfast

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #25

    Cyprus I was just about too say could you imagine eds reaction if it all went tits up?

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  • cyprus

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #26

    ?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #27

    I’d consider myself on the younger side of the young/old divide, but I’d certainly be voting to leave. I haven’t voted mind, as I don’t have any plans to head back to Blighty to live anytime soon and therefore don’t feel I should have a say in what will affect the immediate, mid and long term future.

    Just logged on to follow the results on the BBC, but completely forgot the hour time difference. Still, haven’t been on here for a bit, so will have a flick back to see what is going on.

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  • AncientC

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #28

    The Founding Fathers of the EU were visionaries. As a globalist, I have been remain throughout. (I must be in a minority as far as this blog is concerned)

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  • cyprus

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #29

    Sorry, 🙂

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #30

    Martoon, the pencil comment was a joke mate

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  • cyprus

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #31

    Isolationism never works in the long run no matter who you are. What did Last Lennon sing?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #32

    Interesting that we are waiting for sign off on one deal before we can complete deals 2,3 and 4. Makes it sound almost like a player is off before the three come in. Will be interesting to see who it is, from Ed’s list of 8, I think Arbeloa and Oxford are probably the more likely. Can’t see the club going after most of the others. Maybe the young Spaniard, but I think that is just journos putting two and two together and getting 5.

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  • cyprus

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #33

    Delete Last

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  • cyprus

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #34

    That list of 8 players is exciting!

    Well not really.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #35

    You can’t blame Ed, or anyone, for being a little doe eyed and smitten with Rafa. After all, it’s such a complete f@cken miracle we’ve got him at all, in light of our current plight and the 8 long soul destroying years of being taken for granted and shined on.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #36

    Unless they rubbed out the rubber outs martoon. 😉

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #37

    Pencil conspiracy. Those who support this theory – where do you stand in respect of the David Icke lizard men theory and that Elvis now lives in Glasgow.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #38

    I have to tell you, I wish I hadn’t asked. 🙂

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  • AncientC

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #39

    Fulham are a fairly unpredictable side, they would have been in the bottom half of the list of teams I would have wanted to face first… that is unless they lose McCormack and Dembele this summer, in which case… ‘fresh meat’.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 23, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #40

    It started out as a simple query….

    And ended in Pencilgate.

    2b, or not 2b – that is the question…

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