Rafa Reveals The Problem He Now Has At Newcastle


Rafa Benitez had all his players in training this morning with no injuries, so all the new players were fit and ready.

With no injuries in the squad it’s going to be very difficult for Rafa in the next few games because he has 25 very good players in his squad – the number he wanted – and for each game he can only pick 18 players for the squad.

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Rafa Benitez in training

Of course as the games come thick and fast in the next three weeks when we play two games a week, Rafa will be able too include all the players and hopefully they will all get some playing time.

At the very end of his press conference early this afternoon he talked about how he was very pleased with the way the players were training, but he said he now has a problem with the squad.

This is what Rafa said at the end of his press conference today:

“I am especially happy with the way they work the things that they do and in football names sometimes mean nothing so I can have good professionals, some good players with good names.”

“But now we have to perform on the pitch, we have won three games in a row, four games in a row with the cup game and we have to continue doing this – I think we can do this – so hopefully we can continue.”

“My main problem is that we have too many players and we have no injuries so obviously good news and very positive but in the end it’s a problem for me because I have to leave players out of the side.”

But that’s a very nice problem to have – and it’s certainly better than the Newcastle squad have been over the last three seasons, when we had so little strength in depth and stacks of injuries that the team often picked itself.

Rafa has already made a huge difference.

Here’s the tough schedule coming up.

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 3rd round			
Sat 24	17:30	A   Aston Villa			
Wed 28	19:45	H   Norwich City				
October
Sat 01	15:00	A   Rotherham United

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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124 comments so far

  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Sep 9, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #1

    Aarons? Plonker.

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 9, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Jail
    Haha it’s true nice to have options

    Tbh our team made Brighton look like a mediocre Championship team when they are our biggest rivals imo and Derby are in that bracket of top end champ teams…wouldn’t be upset to see the same team

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  • Budge123

    Sep 9, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #3

    Derby seem to have struggled in recent seasons to defend set pieces and Crosses so that might point to one of the big men upfront?

    But I would expect Gayle to come into the team as it was against Brighton.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 9, 2016 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #4

    49bettyswallocks // Sep 9, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    Jail….That’s the problem with players needing to excel in every game to keep their place. Some of the younger more hot headed ones trying too desperately to impress.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 9, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #5

    YMFB …. Don’t you fancy Aarons then? I thought he was quite cute.

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Sep 9, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #7

    You find him cute? Aww. You got one arm out now. FYI, I’m actually into bears, or let’s say, bearded men. So no, Aarons is not my type.

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  • hibbit

    Sep 9, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #8

    YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    once a wum always a wum

    that right Rob

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 9, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Ok. I missed a bit of fun and games, however i wont get involved i think. I dont want to tarnish the refreshed use of Markaccus with blog-fights.

    I basically agree with martoon and many others. We wont see many changes until we have 3 games in a week. He’s almost bound to stick with the team that played brighton, except for gayle/perez.

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 9, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #10

    If anyone read the chrinicle today, that was my ex wife on the front page. We are still looking for the lady who helped our son.

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 9, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #11

    Chronicle

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  • matt11_25

    Sep 9, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #12

    I find it hilarious that the bloggers here complain about the number of articles on a certain topic, yet 90% of the comments here are not related to the articles or even football in general. Which is a shame. You all gang up on a blogger like a bunch of heathens and are surprised when you get a reaction.

    Very nice that we have so much depth atm, and relatively few injuries for once. Hope Mitro gets the start – hoping Rafa has improved like he has Shelvey. I have always liked Mitro but a bit more pace will help miles for sure.

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Sep 9, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #13

    Hobbit has no clue

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 9, 2016 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #14

    I don’t expect any changes from the Brighton game by Rafa.

    What I am curious to see is who he has on the bench!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 9, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #16

    Cheers for that input matt25, as long as you’re amused

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 9, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #17

    EGB

    I think atsu, lazaar and murphy will all get a run out, but only if things are going well

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Sep 9, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #18

    Betty

    Decent.

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 9, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #19

    Marksccus
    I think Lazaar will start mate

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 9, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #20

    Markaccus

    Will they even start on the bench.

    Certs. for me are Darlow, Hanley, Colback, Perez, Gamez and Mitrovich. It’s normally a 7 man bench (?)

    Nice problem for Rafa!!

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Sep 9, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #21

    WWSBRD

    Which is why your opinion on football should be discounted…

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  • Mag52

    Sep 9, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #22

    My team for tomorrow :

    Sels
    Anita Mbemba Lascelles Dummett
    Hayden Colback
    Ritchie Diame Gouffran
    Gayle.

    HWTL.

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Sep 9, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #23

    I take back what I said, mag has put Colback in his team ahead of Shelvey pfffffffffffffft hahahahahhahahahahhahahahahahahahhaahahhahahhaa. Great knowledge on football!!!!!

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 9, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #24

    Egb

    Yes. I real tough one. Probably a nice problem to have.

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Sep 9, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #25

    A*

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Sep 9, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #26

    C’mon Mark you should do better with your spelling.

    YouCouldntMakeItUp.

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 9, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #27

    YoungMag
    During ur next grovelling apology please avoid name checking me again

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  • mattyNUFC

    Sep 9, 2016 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #28

    Really excited to see the new boys but I can’t see Yedlin pushing Anita out after the way Vurnon’s played the last 2 matches.

    Really hope to see Laazar get the start and see Atsu and Murphy at some point. Though, couldn’t argue if back 4 remains the same.

    No need to change the middle either from Diame Shelvy and Hayden. All deserve to start v Derby

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Sep 9, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #29

    WWSBRD. Name checking? I don’t remember. Just banter mate lighten up.

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 9, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #30

    YoungMag
    Yes name checking, refer back to ur last meltdown cycle and check if u wish

    And I believe I am light hearted enough already, maybe it’s ur ‘banter’ which is the issue not my reading of it or is that beyond the realms of possibility

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  • Legolas

    Sep 9, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #31

    Essex, I was just thinking who would be on the bench tomorrow.

    Darlow, Hanley, Colback, Perez, Gamez, Mitro, Yedlin, Murphy, Clark and Lazar (is that his name).

    First 4 defo for me.

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Sep 9, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #32

    Yeah it’s definately you that’s the problem. Probably not the first time you’ve heard that in your life. Don’t even know what you mean by ‘name checking’.

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 9, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #33

    YoungMagpie
    Ok

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  • Belfast

    Sep 9, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #34

    He probably means when you where kissing his ass a couple of weeks ago because he was nice to you when you where having such a “hard time” on here.

    You really don’t do yourself any favours.

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  • hibbit

    Sep 9, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #35

    YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    once a wum always a wum

    that right Rob

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  • WWSBRD

    Sep 9, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #36

    Belfast
    Haha glad u will translate for me

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Sep 9, 2016 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #37

    Ah Belfast piss off. Sick of your shit stirring.

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  • Belfast

    Sep 9, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #38

    Gladly 🙂

    You do a good enough on yer own without my help haha

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  • Belfast

    Sep 9, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #39

    Job*

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Sep 9, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #40

    The fact that you have that hideous thing as your picture just adds to your annoyance.

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