In his press commence today Rafa Benitez has done a good job at reducing the expectations for the game against Wolves tomorrow.
Wolves were beaten 4-0 at home in mid-week by Barnsley, but Rafa has watched that game (probably more than once) and he says it was a close game and not what the scoreline suggests.
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He again repeated his mantra that we must respect every single Championship side.
The league didn’t get its deserved reputation for being really tough because teams are pushovers – far from it.
Here are some comments from the manager’s press conference today:
“We have nothing special injury wise from Tuesday night.” “I don’t think Daryl or Lazaar will play.” “We have 18 players and we have the game on Tuesday, so maybe they will play Tuesday.”
“We will see what happens in the first game and then decide. Some of the players not playing deserve to play in that second game and we will play a strong team on Tuesday.”
“The team was good and we tried to improve the squad during the summer. When I decided to stay it was because I had confidence in our players and in everything, the city the fans, everybody here.”
“Everyone is trying to help, that is the main thing. We have a city behind the team.”
“I was very clear that every game is different. The Championship is a tough competition and we have to be ready for the next game.”
“We have enjoyed these couple of days and we have trained, prepared for the game, but we have to respect the team.”
“I watched Wolves’ game against Barnsley and they were 0-0 at 72 minutes and they had two or three chances.”
“We have to forget about that result because a lot of fans might expect this game to be easy. It will be tough and we know they are a good team.”
We’ll be very happy with another win tomorrow – delighted in fact.
John Gibson in the Chronicle reminded us all yesterday of what happened back in the 1992-1993 season.
We won the first 11 games under Kevin Keegan in what was then called the First Division; the Premier League had started in that same season.
On 18th October 992 we had just taken Sunderland apart 2-1 at their place and we were playing Grimsby Town at home the following week – an easy game.
We lost it 1-0 and the following week we lost 2-1 at Leicester City.
So it’s times when everything is going really well when things can go very wrong.
Right now is such a time and that’s why the lads have to be very wary about tomorrow’s game.