Rafa Benitez is very calm and he does not get too excited when we win and he doesn’t get too despondent when we lose – he keeps an even keel and that’s important if you are going to be a successful in management.
The 56 year-old is building a new team at Newcastle and it will take a little time – and some of our new players like Daryl Murphy and Achraf Lazaar still have to make their Newcastle debuts.
However with winning six games in a row we may be over the worst part – those two shocking defeats to start our season down below.
Jonjo Shelvey and Rafa Benitez in pre-season
Rafa has talked today about the players having to continue to work hard and he’s mentioned what’s needed as he builds his new team on Tyneside.
He also addresses the star of the last three games – Jonjo Shelvey.
This is some of what Rafa has said today:
“We have to keep working hard. And I will say it again, I am pleased with them because the way they train and work everyday puts me in a difficult position to decide the team.”
“Shelvey worked very hard over the summer to be ready.”
“He didn’t start in the team and maybe he thought it would be tough for him this season, but it’s the same message for everyone.”
“We have had some good games, but it depends on the team.” “We have some games where the scores have been very strong.”
“But we are a new team and we have to bring in new players.”
“You have to keep working with them and understanding them.” “To play at the level we did at QPR was quite positive.”
“QPR were quite strong and started the game with intensity. It was very warm out there, though.”
“When we scored the third goal, I think mentally that moment killed them more than physically.”
“After that, we were passing the ball well.” “When you are doing that and keeping the ball it gets more and more difficult for the other team.”
“You never know with goal difference.” “Sometimes you have to rely on it, but the main thing was to get 3 points and we are happy with that.”
After the performance on Tuesday night in west London there will be a tendency to get carried away and think it’s all going to be so easy this season.
That would be a big mistake.
What do you think?