Rafa Benitez held his press conference today and it was a good one as he explained some of his football philosophy which is a nutshell is to keep improving the team and his players continuously and learn from both the wins and the defeats.
Rafa and his coaching staff have done a lot of analyzing of the game last Saturday and have worked with the players on the many things they did wrong in the really poor performance which produced a shock 2-0 defeat.
So we will see how a changed team will fare tomorrow night against Wolves again at St. James’ Park – although the ground may not even be half full for the 3rd round of the EFL Cup tie.
Rafa Benitez – continual improvement is the name of the game
Rafa started with a saying in Spain which is getting a lot of press after his upbeat press conference today:
“Sometimes you prefer to be the tail of the lion, or the head of the mouse – that’s a Spanish expression.”
“When you are in the Premier League and you are at the bottom, you are the tail of the lion and some people are happy being the tail of the lion.”
“Some people prefer to be the head of the mouse, you are at the top, you are strong enough and you are there.”
“What we want to do is to be sure we are strong enough, to be sure that we can manage the games, because teams will come, they will wait and we have to be sure that we know what to do every time.”
“And if we make mistakes, we still carry on, because there are a lot of games to play.”
Rafa made the point today that when we do well and we win 6-0 as an example he doesn’t spout off after the game about how great Newcastle are – that we are the best in the world and all that nonsense – he prefers to analyze and find how we can further improve.
That’s why he pointed out after the QPR win we can still improve.
It’s also the same with a defeat – he doesn’t say we are hopeless and useless because of one defeat, but again he wants to analyze what went wrong and correct it and make the team better.
It seems he has done a lot of that after Saturday’s defeat and we will see how our lads perform tomorrow night – very well we hope.
And also Rafa never wants to use an excuse as to why we lose a game – he prefers to look at what the team didn’t do right as the reason for the defeat.
He also was candid in saying he wants everybody associated with Newcastle to be united – after all he said that’s the name of the team – Newcastle United.
The press conference today was an insight into what makes Rafa so successful – whatever happens in the game he wants to take it and make the players better and the Newcastle team better.
It will be a surprise – a big surprise if he doesn’t do that this season, especially with the good players he has assembled on Tyneside.
Improving the team and the players and getting promoted is job one for Newcastle United this season.
We can do it!