Rafa Beneitez Gives Insights Into Why He’s So Successful


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.

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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!

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58 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 19, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Ha ha, the mackems are the winnets stuck to the tail of the lion.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 19, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Oops we’ve moved again chaps, keep up.

    Bobby I see that there are a few who don’t read your posts, more votes for a draw. 😉

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 19, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Bill, aye, just noticed myself! 🙂 Ignore me at your peril you bounders! League cup, under any guise, means NO DRAWS. Extra time and penalties decide the tie on the night. You know Bill, sometimes I wonder why I bother. 🙂

    Jail, winnits? Haven’t heard that saying since I was at school matey, gave me a giggle to see it. 🙂 Pretty much sums them up though.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 19, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #4

    That’s a major difference between pards and Rafa. When Palace get the occasional win, Pardew makes a big issue of it and how his wonderful tactics were the difference between the two teams, whereas even following a rout like at Loftus Road, Rafa plays it down and says there’s still room for improvement. Which means, of course, that when it goes wrong, like Saturday, he doesn’t leave himself wide open to the nasties who’d love to jump all over him. No doubt in my mind that he’ll put it right and we’ll go up, without a fanfare about it all being down to him. He doesn’t need to say it, his record speaks for itself. Whereas… 🙂

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 19, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #5

    Aye trues words of wisdom from we sages of the blog just pass the bounders by.

    We must continue to try and enlighten them however, it’s our duty. 😉

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 19, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #6

    Bill, 🙂 🙂 Never been a sage before… except when I dressed up as a very friendly lion once. (Only bloggers of a certain vintage will get that little pun)

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 19, 2016 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #7

    No! I’ve ruined my attempt at humour! I meant a rather fat feathery owl, not a bloody lion. That was, of course, Parsley. Realised the second I’d pressed submit. Damn and blast. 🙂

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 19, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #8

    Too many lions with winnets must have confused me! 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 19, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #9

    I was into The Herbs back in the day. Never saw the TV programme though ha ha 😉

    Only kidding kids – don’t do drugs!

    So. 58 now voting for a draw. Perhaps they know something we don’t. Like a nut house for example. 😐

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 19, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #10

    I wonder if George Lucas knew about winnets!

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 19, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #11

    Any Spanish speakers out there? Watching Deportivo Alaves vs Deportivo De La Coruna on sky. Just wondered what Deportivo means. Is it like City, or United?

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 19, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Sorry got to go and entertain some friends now, no drugs but a generous helping of Ale will probably be consumed.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 19, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #13

    I blame Ed for even giving the draw as an option – he’s clearly confused 58 people! 🙂

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 19, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #14

    Good entertaining Bill. No drugs though… might be a struggle mate. 🙂

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 19, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #15

    I think Teresa May could help there, oops sorry politics slipped in again.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 19, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #16

    it’s sports or sporting I think.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 19, 2016 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #17

    Ah ha! Deportivo translates to sports in English apparently. Makes sense I suppose.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 19, 2016 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #18

    Tsunki, lol, just checked myself. Good thing google innit? 🙂

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 19, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #19

    No!!!! You lot just ain’t listening. Tsunki, would you believe the draw is now 61?! The mind truly boggles.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 19, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #20

    It’s now 62. Mmm, I suspect a bit of winding up may be occurring. It’s not big and it’s not clever. Quite funny though, I’ll give you that much. 🙂

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  • cyprus

    Sep 19, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #21

    ‘especially with the good players he has assembled on Tyneside.’

    Many are ok, no one is actually a what a player we got on our hands, right?

    Is it sacrilege to say we want better players in January? A couple is all I’m asking for.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 19, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #22

    Cyprus, I think the problem may be getting top players to play in the Championship mate. We’ve got Ritchie, who seldom fails to impress. We’ll probably have Arma back in January and his goals will help a lot. Then Judge from Brentford – definitely an exciting player. I think the emphasis is on team players to get us out this league, then it will be easier to attract the kind of player to get us off our seats on a regular basis. Please tell me you ain’t No 63! 🙂

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 19, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #23

    68?! Now I know you’re all having a laugh. 🙂

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 19, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #24

    I think we’ll fong them thoroughly in the cup. Payback time lads.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 19, 2016 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #25

    Google was first named Back Rub. I like it!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 19, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #26

    Actually its Backrub without the space to be accurate. I would have stuck with it. Can you backrub that for me please? Beautiful.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 19, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #27

    Hernandez, on loan to Alaves, looks like a proper young player. Very quick with tidy feet. Wonder if Rafa can use his Spanish influence to make a deal? Definitely one for the future.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 19, 2016 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #28

    My mind only oogles. I don’t believe in boggling… Harrumph.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 19, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #29

    I hear we’re getting Werner von Niblik in January. Amazing if it’s true….

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 19, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #30

    Boggle is the new oogle G2, keep up with the times matey. 🙂

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 19, 2016 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #31

    Yes, it’s sacrilege Cyprus mate @21. Throw yourself at Rafa’s feet and beg forgiveness.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 19, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #32

    I’m not having it Bobbybee. I’m just oogling at you now in incredulity! Harrumph…..

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 19, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #33

    I suppose I could settle for boogle……

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 19, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #34

    No, I’ve got to stay strong…… Oogle it is.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 19, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #35

    Deportivo actually means wearers of filthy thongs in Uzbecki Bobby mate…..

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 19, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #36

    I’m just going to backrub that and make sure it’s accurate…..

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  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 19, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #37

    Actually it just occurred to me. It won’t be left as a draw against Wolves will it? There are no replays are there? it takes me a while but I finally get there….. Harrumph

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 19, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #38

    You oogle away to your hearts content G2. I’ve got enough on with now 70 people saying we’ll draw in a competition that doesn’t do draws. Extra time or penalties will see the tie decided tomorrow night. Anyway, are we even doing draws this season? Seems it’s win or lose even in the league. 🙂

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 19, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #39

    Right. That’s it. You lot have driven me to despair. 72 now. I can’t do this any longer. If you hear about somebody found hanging by a black and white scarf… well, you know who to blame. (Now, where did I put that bloody scarf?)

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 19, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #40

    BandB’s got it….

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