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Rafa Urges His Players To Get Used To Doing This

5:45 pm, Monday, August 22nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 26 Comments

Rafa gave his press conference today and one of the things he was questions on was who will leave and who will stay but of course Rafa couldn’t talk about any new players coming in.

As far as players leaving such as Daryl Janmaat or Yoan Gouffran he said it was dependent on the offers that came in.

rafa benitez press conference

Rafa Benitez at press conference

So that says that in the next 10 days there could be a lot of churn with players coming and going.

Bur Newcastle have two games to play before the International break that starts next weekend – at home to Cheltenham tomorrow night and at home the Brighton next Saturday  and we have to win both games.

If we can do that we will have 10 days to settle down after 31st August because Rafa will know the squad of 25 he wants at the club.

The uncertainly will have gone with the players and they will be able to concentrate a lot better.

Rafa seems to be working on the players; mentality and he wants them to win every game – and get used to winning.

This is some of what he said today:

“We have to get used to winning games.” “We have to be stronger and be sure we can win against anyone.”

“I’ve told the players that we have to approach the game like it’s the most important.”

“I don’t know how many, but we will change players.”  “We have had two games in a few days and this will be the third – I don’t want to take risks with anyone.”

“It has to be a team on the pitch that is capable and I have to be convinced that they can win.”

“It’s important to get Mitro back because we didn’t have too many options up front,” “Mitrovic is a different kind of striker. He is strong and can give us some physicality too.”

“To train hard and not be involved is always difficult for any player, so I hope he will do well and he will give us something different.”

“And it could be the same for the rest of the season and he can score a lot of goals – it is a good opportunity for him.”

As Rafa continues to say the most important is the next game.

We play Cheltenham tomorrow night at St. James’ Park in the EFL (League) Cup and we have to win it.

That’s a simple way to think about it.

If we can make it three wins in a row that will be the first time since October, 2014.

That’s when we beat Leicester 1-0 at home for our first league win of the season and we went on to win six games in a row including a 2-0 win at Manchester City in the League Cup.

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Tags: Coaching · EFL Cup · League One · Newcastle News · Press · Press Conference

26 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MadisonToon // Aug 22, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    Projected lineups for tomorrow? Good chance for rotation and trying out new positions, but we also need a win.

  • 2 Tsunki // Aug 22, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    Thus spake Winbar. Can’t see us losing this one no matter what team we field. I don’t think Rafa will entertain even engineered losses at this time. Unlike our previous decidedly average helmsmen.

  • 3 Tsunki // Aug 22, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    We need Jesper on this. I think it will need a different captain for this one. Possibly even a different one in each half.

  • 4 MadisonToon // Aug 22, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    I’d consider:


    Sterry Lascelles Hanley Mbabu/Gamez

    ———–Tiote Colback

    —–Perez Saivet Gouffran


  • 5 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 22, 2016 at 6:04 PM


    No rotating captains. No w9nder Colloccini always looked dizzy and confused

  • 6 Munster Mag // Aug 22, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    YCMIU , that’s cos he was sh1t mate 🙂

  • 7 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 22, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    If rafa sticks to his usual formation…


    Mbabu clarke hanley gamez

    Colback tiote

    Perez arma aarons


    Subs to come on
    Diame (needs match fitnes)

  • 8 barkel // Aug 22, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    Madison, I reckon Mitro will start, Arma might get a run out in the no.10 role.

    Sterry Lascelles Hanley Dummy
    ———–Shelvey Colback
    ——-Perez Arma Aarons

  • 9 SPRINGY // Aug 22, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    i think gamez is injured,and saivet will probably be gone this time the morra….so drop arma into his position and put mitro up top….doubt tiote will play so shelvey for him.

  • 10 SPRINGY // Aug 22, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    snap mate!lol

  • 11 SPRINGY // Aug 22, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    well nearly

  • 12 barkel // Aug 22, 2016 at 6:11 PM


    If the two of us think that’s the team it’s pretty much nailed on right!?

    4-0 tomorrow Mitro bossing the game

  • 13 SPRINGY // Aug 22, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    arma starting tonight for under 21’s so doubt he’ll be involved the morra.

  • 14 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 22, 2016 at 6:11 PM


    He wasnt always, though. He just faded badly with age, and ran out of guts imo. And all that spinning 😀

  • 15 SPRINGY // Aug 22, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    nowts nailed on with rafa.

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // Aug 22, 2016 at 6:13 PM
    I think Rafa done well to see the back of him mind despite what Jimmy Smith says.

  • 17 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 22, 2016 at 6:13 PM


    Janmaat Hanley Clark Mbabu

    Ritchie Sissoko Tiote Aarons

    Mitrovic Riviere

  • 18 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 22, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Tuff is right. Football is not Jib’s game. Rafa gets SDJ out of the doors for the season. According to Jib, this is because Rafa rates him highly. You couldn’t make it up.

    Saivet and Janmaat will be next out, Jib. Because Rafa doesn’t rate them if truth be told. SDJ, Janmaat and Saivet aren’t good enough. Never have been.

  • 19 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 22, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    Don’t rate him. He had 2 good games for us last season. Just doesn’t do enough. Sissoko is more influential. £25m for Wijnaldum was a great deal for us. Rafa rates Janmaat. He’ll be back in the team soon. He’s a threat going forward and can tackle. We must keep him.

  • 20 geordie157 // Aug 22, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    Sterry, Hanley, Lascelles, Many

  • 21 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 22, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Black n brown

    Not sure anyone can really judge saviet. He has played a grand total of no more than 3 hours of football for us. Thats not enough time to prove ones worth. Not saying he would be a great, but we will never know.

  • 22 lukes26 // Aug 22, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    cheltenham are in relegation formin league two. i wouldnt think too many first team players will be starting.

    mitro and and armstrong would be an interesting pairing up front

    im guessing ameobi, vuckic and even Bigi likely will take part

  • 23 SPRINGY // Aug 22, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    vuckic,bigi and arma playing tonight,so doubt they will play the morra

  • 24 geordie157 // Aug 22, 2016 at 6:23 PM

    Will try that again….

    Sterry, Hanley, Lascelles, Mbabu
    Shelvey, Colback
    Gilliead, Perez, Aarons

    Sels, Clark, Gamez, Hayden, Diame, Barlaser, Riviere

  • 25 Mag52 // Aug 22, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    C’mon lads. Let’s make it three in a row.
    Can we equal AP’s six in a row ? It’s a tough act to follow, but not impossible.

  • 26 likeajediknight // Aug 22, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    Dont post too often but regardless check this ish few times a day, and have noticed recently a bit of positivity, and its good vibes maaaaaan.

    From all of our experiences im sure we know where confidence in nufc gets us, but ill get behind it nevertheless. Did not enjoy the fulham game one bit, and have yet to go back, but feeling the squad must be gelling a bit better and rafas team selections are slowly getting better.

    Just think…we are yet to see Perez and Mitro (best cf duo imo) together in the champ yet, we are yet to see the new signings (bar maybe gayle) fully fit and embedded in the team and we are yet to see shelvey and arma live up to the hype that surrounds them. Throw in a few more signings, more ‘rafa-time’ and the soon to come ‘rafalisation’ that colback should not start as our CM and we could get promoted, if not win the thing. Id agree with some that proclaiming that we will walk the championship is a load of nonsense, but we can still be positive about the future.

    On tomorrows side i would go:
    Sterry clark hanley gamez
    Shelvey colback
    Janmaat riviere aarons

    thats what i think not what i want by the way… Best xi would be

    Janmaat mbemba lascelles dummet
    Sissoko shelvey tiote ritchie

    That would light it up imo

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