Rafa Benitez has quickly learned the Championship is one of the toughest leagues in the world with 46 games to play and teams quite regularly playing two games a week.
By October 1st we will have played 13 games in total, including EFL Cup games, since the league started on August 5th – that’s all in 57 days.
The football may not be as skillful as in the Premier League, but compared to a lot of other leagues in the world it’s very competitive and extremely tough getting through a season.
This is the message Rafa has sent out today before a match with Aston Villa, which is itself a huge club
They won the European Cup back in 1982 when they took Bayern Munich apart 1-0 in the final in Rotterdam with a goal from Peter Withe after 67 minutes.
Here’s some of what Rafa has said today in the build-up to the game tomorrow at Villa Park:
“There are lots of good players, managers and big clubs in the Championship.”
“It’s one of the strongest leagues in the world – fifth or sixth in terms of money and people.”
“It’s really important and the big clubs mean it’s getting bigger.” “This is a big game and shows how important the Championship is around the world.”
“For us it’s important to win every game.” “We know about the rivalry and we will make sure we will put all the effort in.”
If you analyse what Villa have it’s a big club with big players. People expected them to be near the top.”
“They’re still a massive club.”
Newcastle have three games to play before the next International break, which starts a week tomorrow after we play at Rotherham United.
Aston Villa tomorrow and Norwich City at home are the other two games.
It would be great if we can win all three games.
Howay The Lads!!