Rafa Benitez seems to be getting the hang of what’s needed to win games in the Championship and we now have four successive wins in all competitions before the two week International break.
It’s been a long while since we’ve entered any International break looking in fairly decent shape, although we are now in the English second division so we suppose that’s to be expected, to some extent.
Rafa is known as a workaholic and a perfectionist so don’t expect him to be satisfied with the Newcastle performances anytime soon.
Rafa Benitez – plenty of room for improvement
They can always improve in various areas and in his nufcTV interview yesterday Jonjo Shelvey cracked that Rafa is not too keen on days off, so the squad will put in quite a few training sessions before our next game at Derby County on September 10th.
That’s good news and we do have new players like DeAndre Yedlin, Daryl Murphy and Achraf Lazaar and maybe one or two more coming in this week, who need to be integrated into the team.
This is what Rafa said after the game on Saturday:
“We are doing well, but there’s still plenty of room for improvement. We have the break now, we can relax and enjoy it a little bit.”
“We knew it would be tough this season, we knew that there are a lot of teams who are strong physically and the tempo of games is very high.”
“But also we have teams like Fulham and Brighton – they are playing good football and you will see different experiences.”
“Some teams will play good possession-based football, others who are very physical and direct.”
When the games start up again we have a hectic schedule in both the Championship and a 3rd round game in the EFL Cup – 7 games in 21 days.
September Sat 10 17:30 A Derby County Tue 13 19:45 A QPR Sat 17 15:00 H Wolves Tue 20 17:45 H Wolves - EFL Cup Sat 24 17:30 A Aston Villa Wed 28 19:45 H Norwich City October Sat 01 15:00 A Rotherham
After October 1st there is another two week International break and Newcastle will need a big squad and the lads will need the rest after that very tough schedule.