Rafa’s Initial Comments – It Will Be Very Difficult

Rafa Benitez has just completed his press conference this afternoon for the tough game at QPR tomorrow night and he has said that it will be a very difficult game.

Newcastle are on a winning streak of five games in all competitions and of course the more wins we can get the better, but the lads will have to be at their very best tomorrow night to extend that streak to six games.


Rafa Benitez at his press conference

This is some of that Rafa has said about the game:

“We knew this season could be difficult. But we have confidence now we are doing well.”

“Tuesday will be very difficult. We have seen QPR playing and it is hard to beat them.”  “It will not be easy.”

“They have pace, strong players and they can score from set-pieces.”  “They are a good team.”

“We have to concentrate, we cannot have over-confidence and we have to approach every game like it is the most important.”

“To win games, improve and keep doing well is the main thing.”  

“We have done nothing yet so we have to keep working very hard.”

Certainly we cannot get over-confident and once we do that we will lose – but Rafa is good at keeping the players on their toes, but it will still be tough at Loftus Road tomorrow night.

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12 comments so far

  • Veltman

    Sep 12, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Looks like someone is angry! Let’s move on
    then. 😛

  • Jib

    Sep 12, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #2
  • Spoof

    Sep 12, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #3


    I think that’s you and Jail in midfield mate lol

  • Veltman

    Sep 12, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #4

    Ha ha ha..,

  • Bambams

    Sep 12, 2016 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #5

    Another London trip…..

    We have picked up wins and I shouldn’t be complaining or dissatisfied BUT we have not played how I think we can – yet.

    Hopefully we can start to play flowing football and no better place to start then down at QPR.

    Just hate the ‘Capital hoodoo’

  • jayphoto

    Sep 12, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #6

    Interesting that at Derby, Benitez opted to field where possible all outfield players that trained at Newcastle for the 2 weeks rather than those that went on international duty.
    The exceptions were Dummett, Ritchie and Mbemba but in all cases the alternatives were also away (lazaar, atsu, hayden, clark, hanley.)
    This gave the team 2 weeks to focus on derby and prepare… I’m really not used to us having actual preparation, plans, rotation, tactics….
    I wonder if the players not involved were already focusing on QPR when they arrived back in midweek? The team just seems so organised now!

  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 12, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Wow ———–blog all stars team.

    Jib Jibberish spotted in the changing room getting his kit on for the first game.


    Jib Jibberish – no need to worry about hospital passes from Jail. I’ll probably give you a good beating before the game.

  • Spoof

    Sep 12, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #8

    What’s the view on Shelvey now, he does divide opinion, I have to say that I really like the lad but I can understand those that don’t as he can be a bit hot headed at times and he may needlessly get himself sent off, but so far that hasn’t happened so we cannot criticise for something which may/ may not happen, the lad is really grafting hard and not over doing his hollywood passes, he is doing a lot of donkey work and enabling us to win the midfield battle and then moving us forward and quickly, he doesn’t dilly dally, stop the opposition then heads and and go at them, of late I think he has been terrific and fully justifies the starting role which he now seems to have made his own, on that note he will now be rotated as I’ve probably put the kiss of death onto him, but seriously, I think he has been great for us of late, he is a top player.

  • Jib

    Sep 12, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #9

    These recent training fotos seem to show Cheik Tiote taking an active part.
    I’m starting to hope he does stay.

  • Obafan

    Sep 12, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #10

    Will there be streams for this game???

  • jayphoto

    Sep 12, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #11

    Actually managed to get a ticket in the home end on Saturday. Heres a 10 things i noticed from the stands (see different stuff to whats on tv)
    1) Lascelles is both beast and Captain. Talks alot to all players, looks supportive and has really embraced the captaincy. Looks like it means the world to him to lead us out. Defensively he’s still abit raw, Mbembas pace next to him is crucial as he covers. We won’t play a forward line quicker than derbys though and they coped with ease.
    2) You could actually see when we shut up shop. So so organised. We let derby have all the ball but at no point did we ever look like conceding.
    3) Matz Sels is seriously comfortable with the ball at his feet and spends the match about 10 yards further forward than Elliot and darlow. Adds an element to our play. Defenders look like they have confidence playing the ball back to him and he always looked to play it out rather than kick it long.
    4) Not sure Dwight Gayle is right for playing up front on his own. Works hard, gets in the mix but hes very lightweight.
    5) Yedlin is seriously seriously quick. Like the quickest player i’ve ever seen live quick.]
    6) Perez is much slower than I realised.
    7) You can see Shelvey taking on rafas ideas. His game is changing/evolving and he’s probably the best central midfielder in the league when we have possession. He’s also surprisingly quiet on the pitch.
    8) Colback isn’t a good footballer. He can’t actually tackle, he just puts alot of tackles in but he’s more like a jack Russell or a mosquite. His passing isn’t great and his vision isn’t great. Seem to do what Shelvey has stopped doing and that is look for Hollywood passes where he didn’t need to, difference being he didn’t have the ability to make the pass. Runs a lot though.
    9) Dummett is getting better. Be it coaching, or working harder, I don’t know but he didn’t look a liability and Derby featured alot of pace. Anita looked like a career fullback too.
    10) Will Hughes is a player we should look at. Looked Derbys best player by a mile, the problem was he didn’t have players around him that could play on a level his brain works. Derby looked really uneasy with their system, Pearson is setting them up 4-4-2 deep like he did Leicester but with 2 Vardy like players looking to run behind every time. Didn’t look like it suited their players for me. I’d officially rule out Derby as promotion challengers, It’ll take 6 months for them to get used to their tactics

  • derekm

    Sep 12, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #12

    off topic but thanks to Freddy Shepherd for the Shearer statue, much appreciated. Nice to see him looking so well


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