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Newcastle Goalkeeper – Rafa Different From My Former Coach

4:14 pm, Monday, September 5th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

Matz Sels needs some time to get acclimatized to English football and the Championship, which is a lot different from what he was used to in Belgium.

While Matz has had one or two awkward moments so far, he can still become Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper if he can hit his best form this season.

But he currently has the improved Karl Darlow breathing down his neck and Rob Elliot could be back from his ACL injury by the end of the year – and Rob will provide a formidable challenge.

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Matz Sels in action at Bristol City

Matz has also pointed out the difference in coaching styles between his current manager Rafa Benitez at Newcastle and his former coach at Gent –   Hein Vanhaezebrouck.

Let’s just say Rafa’s style is a lot more intense and the players know they’ve been through a training session when they’ve finished with Rafa at the Benton Training grounds.

This is what Sels has told the Belgian publication Voetbal Krant:

“I have begun to adapt to the country.” “On top of that we lost our two first league games.”

“The last match was better – hopefully we have started on a run.”

“Benitez has a different way of working than Hein.”

“We work a lot more with the ball, according to the Spanish school of football.”

“My morning forest walks are not there anymore (said with a smile).”

Benitez’s training sessions are more intense and they include a lot more work on ball skills in general.

Rafa’s sessions are serious, but they are also made enjoyable for the players too.

Matz is currently away with the Belgium squad and new manager Roberto Martinez.

They lost 2-0 to Spain at home on Thursday night with two goals from David Silva and Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois was in goal for that game.

Belgium are in Group H and they start their World Cup qualifying tomorrow night with a game against Cyprus in Nicosia.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Coaching · International break · International News · Interview · Matz Sels · Newcastle News · World Cup 2018




8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Spoof // Sep 5, 2016 at 4:18 PM

    I need a large whisky as I’m in a state of shock, Ed has none another article and not once has he mentioned Sissoko, hang on I’ll read it again just to be sure——————————————————————————-nope, his name ain’t there, progress at last, well done Ed !!!!!!

  • 2 Shadow_Shearer // Sep 5, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    I though matt Richie was amazing last night for Scotland. I honestly don’t think scotland would have won that game without him. He got about 3 assist.

    A little worried about Handley watching that game.

  • 3 Tsunki // Sep 5, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    Matz Sels needs some time to get acclimatized to English football and the Championship, which is a lot different from what he was used to in Belgium.

    While Matz has had one or two awkward moments so far, he can still become Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper if he can hit his best form this season.

    No….there it is 🙂

  • 4 Spoof // Sep 5, 2016 at 4:27 PM

    Shadow

    Did Hanley not also get an assist, I know thats not his job but if a CB can cause problems in our opponents box then that surely has to be a positive, I didn’t see the game but by all accounts Scotland were by far the better side, as you would expect against Malta so for a big robust CB it was hardly going to be a game which could show him in a good light, I’d rather wait until we see him when his side either Scotland or us are in a backs to the wall situation, that is probably where we would see what he is made of.

  • 5 bettyswallocks // Sep 5, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    Jib……. Please can you post a sample of your own home movies.

  • 6 Shadow_Shearer // Sep 5, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    Spoof. He started off very nervous. Looked very slow. First four or five tackles gave away fouls. Maybe he’s still rusty from lack of match practice.

    Second half Ritchie & scotland took over. First Richie put in a dangerous cross that was converted. Than scotland got a pen that never should have been. Also malta got a red card in the process. After that Handley didn’t need to do much

  • 7 Toon Tang // Sep 5, 2016 at 4:45 PM

    I see Spennymoor are on the map now. Should open up the floodgates to the tourism industry I reckon.

  • 8 Jail for Ashley // Sep 5, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    Swallocks,
    Just watch a few episodes of shameless, you should get the picture.




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