Rafa Benitez is happy with Newcastle’s performances over the last five games in all competitions – all wins.
But the perfectionist in Rafa can see many areas in which the team can (and will) improve over the upcoming games – and he will no doubt be working on those in training.
And Newcastle will be in for some training this morning, as the lads prepare for the game at QPR on Tuesday night, which will be another challenge for his new team in front of a sold-out Loftus Road crowd.
Rafa Benitez arriving at the iPro Stadium yesterday
Rafa is intent on improving a number of aspects of Newcastle’s game, but he did admit he’s really pleased with the team performance.
This is some of what Rafa said after the game last night:
“We had more control in the first half and scored a goal, which made it easier in that we knew what we had to do.”
“And in the second half, they were pushing and pushing, so it has been a tough game against a good team,”
“The main thing for me has been to see the team working as a team from the strikers to the keeper, and also the players coming from the bench, so that is a positive thing for the future.”
“But I still think there is plenty of room for improvement. My feeling is the team is doing well but still we have things we can improve on.”
“The commitment is there, they listen to us, so that is why we have to be positive and confident for the future, because the team knows what we are trying to do and work very hard.”
“We can improve in a lot of areas, in defense, in the middle, and in attack and the way we play the counter-attacks.”
“But, after that, I am really pleased with the team and the way they work but they know, we know, we can play better.”
One area we have improved in a lot is defense – and we look solid at the back now, after leaking so many goals in the Premier League over the last few seasons.
Rafa also has a number of players he signed late in the summer transfer window who have yet to make their debuts for Newcastle – and they include striker Daryl Murphy, left-back Achraf Lazaar and right winger Christian Atsu.