Benitez Reveals Why Newcastle Are Defending So Well

Newcastle looked like a real team on Saturday at Derby and that’s something you coudn’t accuse Newcastle of  last season under head coach Steve McClaren, when we were a complete and utter mess too many times in our games.

Think 6-1 at Manchester City and 5-1 at Chelsea, when we looked the worst team in the Premier League and by a long way too in those two road games.

They were embarrassing for Newcastle fans.


Rafa Benitez – happy in training

It’s always good to read the reports of the game from the other side – and the word on Newcastle on Saturday from the Derby press was that our team was well organized, compact and efficient – and we won the game fairly easily.

After the game on Saturday Rafa was asked how come the team is now defending so well; this is what the manager said:

“It’s not just the keepers, the defenders – but the midfielders, the strikers. Everybody knows their role and they try to do that.”

“Even in the last 15 minutes when Derby were pushing and throwing a lot of balls into the box, Ayoze Perez came in, Jonjo Shelvey was going to press, DeAndre Yedlin was doing well.”

“So we knew what we had to do and everybody is trying very hard in defence and in attack.”

“The interesting thing was that after the international break it could be dangerous, because maybe players lose the focus, but we did well.” 

“The team was very concentrated and all the players were helping each other, talking and were concentrated.”

“So I’m really pleased because still we have plenty of room for improvement, but you can see that players are concentrating.”

“They are helping each other and they are ready for the next challenge. That is what you expect from a winning team.” 

“If we improve a little bit in some decisions then we will have more chances,”

“Especially when we are away and the other team is high, this is the time we need to be a little bit better and kill the game.”

Newcastle looks so well organized these days and the players know exactly what they have to do in all the different situations.

That’s basically good coaching and we have one of the best at Newcastle in Rafa Benitez and it’s starting to show through.

We love it and it’s been a long time since we’ve felt so proud of the team.

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13 comments so far

  • Jib

    Sep 12, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #1

    Defending as a team is so crucial and is why for all their attributes players like Sissoko , Ben Arfa , Cabella and Thauvin were liabilities.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 12, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #2

    My line up for tomorrow and first five points for getting it right.
    Yedling Lascelles Mbemba Dummet
    Atsu Hayden Shelvey Gouffran
    Murphy Perez

  • Veltman

    Sep 12, 2016 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #3

    Is Ritchie left or right foot player?
    I don’t know most of the new players except Gayle,who I don’t rate much but going well for him so far?Read too many praise & accolades for Ritchie in here but looked missing in recent games?

  • hibbit

    Sep 12, 2016 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #4

    Jail for Ashley

    Gouffran never trained yesterday might not risk him so soon

  • hibbit

    Sep 12, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #5

    ” Ritchie looked missing in recent games” not sure about that against Derby yes but who else ?


    Sep 12, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Yedlin Hanley Lascelles Dummett
    Hayden Shelvey
    Ritchie Perez Atsu

    My guess

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 12, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #7

    If anyone gets it right, post a link to it and I’ll make an xl spreadsheet. Five points for a correct guess. Im playing anyway

  • lesh

    Sep 12, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #8

    Carver appears to have been right about the bad apples in the squad. That’s not saying being rid of them would have improved results under him. But with the right coaching, some of those considered not good enough, have proved their critics wrong.

    If only we’d had Rafa earlier….. Ah, but maybe Ashley needed the wake-up call to concentrate his mind and give Rafa free-rein.


    Sep 12, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #9

    It won’t be right haha Rafa is hard to guess

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 12, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #10

    That’s my guess screwed then 🙁

  • martoon

    Sep 12, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #11

    Jail – be warned it becomes quite a task to search through all the posts looking for lineups and update your spreadsheet as I learned from the predictions. If you are going to do it get posters to put a key word in their post such as your name that you can then search for – it makes it a lot easier!

  • Laurent Robert The Legend

    Sep 12, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #12

    Because we’re in a lower division.

  • Laurent Robert The Legend

    Sep 12, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #13

    Anita Mbemba Lascells Lazaar
    Hayden/Colback if fit Shelvey
    Ritchie perez Gouffran

    Gayle didn’t do anything to prove that he gets the QPR game..although I’ll be glad to be put wrong.


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