Rafa Benitez has been interviewed on the Newcastle web-site, the day before he takes his first training session in this very important pre-season.
It will be the first full season with Rafa in charge at Newcastle and it’s an exciting time for the Geordie fans.
One of the things that Rafa will impress on his players is what is means for them to be a player at Newcastle United.
Rafa Benitez – players must understand what it means to be at Newcastle
Not only will they play in front of a packed St. James’ Park stadium – one of the most iconic stadiums in the country – but the whole of the City supports the club – in every possible way.
That’s just one of the reasons Newcastle United is such a special club – a great club – and on the rise again under Rafa Benitez.
This is what Rafa has said on the Newcastle web-site tonight:
“We have all the medicals and all the controls, and I expect to have a very good pre-season.”
“Normally, because they are professional, they’ll come back fit and we’ll try to improve the fitness of players, but also their understanding of the game, their understanding of our ideas and the way that we want to play, and try to work as a unit, as a team.”
“And after that, we’ll try to give them a little bit of what it means to be at this Club, what it means to be a player here. Now, we have to show all these things in the Championship.”
“They have to realize that we have massive support from the city – not just from the people in the stadium, but from the city – and we have to do really well to match these expectations.”
“I think that we have time and we have the right conditions to prepare the team, and be sure that we approach the first game, on the 5th August, in the best conditions.”
“It will not be quite perfect, because you need match fitness, but as close as possible to these conditions.”
“The pre-season is always special. You have a lot of players coming and players leaving so it is quite a difficult period.”
“But we have to be sure, and we are sure, that they will come with energy and they will come ready.”
Here’s the pre-season ahead of the squad in terms of the friendlies that have already been arranged.
|Club||Location||Date and Kickoff||Result|
|Bohemian||Dalymount Park||Saturday, 16th July|
|Doncaster Rovers||Keepmoat Stadium||Wednesday, 20th July|
|KSC Lokeren||Daknamstadion||Saturday, 23rd July|
|Southend United||Roots Hall||Tuesday, 26th July|
|SBV Vitesse||St. James Park||Saturday, 30th July|
We have every confidence in the Newcastle manager.