Rafa Benitez has just given his press conference and he has said that while Newcastle want to get promoted this season, he also wants to do well in both of the cup competitions.
That hasn’t always been the case at Newcastle in the past, where the Premier League (and its money) was the only thing Newcastle cared about.
Things have changed under Rafa Benitez and for the better too.
Rafa Benitez – at press conference – we want to do well in cups
Here are some of the initial comments Rafa made in his press conference this afternoon:
“When you haven’t won away for a while and you win like we did, everyone is pleased. Now we have to be more confident.”
“To win two games in a row has to be the way. We have to be stronger and make sure we can win against anyone.”
“For us, every game is the most important. We have to change some players tomorrow but the players have to be ready to win.”
“We respect our opponents. We know what we want to do and that is to go up, but we want to do well in the cups as well.”
“Mitrovic can give us physicality. I hope he will do well and score lots of goals. It is a good opportunity for him.”
Rafa is now in charge of all things football related at Newcastle and both Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley are doing well not to interfere – and give him a free rein.
That was the deal negotiated last May and Mike and Lee seem to be keeping their part of the bargain.
Of course they are both assisting Rafa in the transfer market, with Lee Charnley playing a key role in signing the players Rafa wants to bring into the club.
It’s so far so good at Newcastle and Rafa has changed the whole atmosphere at Newcastle and brought back some real ambition to the club.
He’s a breath of fresh air and also one of Newcastle’s best signings ever.
Howay The Lads!!