Rafa Benitez is well aware of the potential for a disaster at the New York Stadium this afternoon in Rotherham and has tried to prepare his players accordingly.
He has reminded them of what happened after we demolished QPR 6-0 away a short 17 days ago when pundits were saying there was Newcastle United and then the rest in the Championship – as though we were so superior.
And then we played really poorly against Wolves in the next game at St. James Park and lost 2-0 and came crashing back to earth.
Rafa Benitez – smiling during training
We hope our lads are back down to earth from Wednesday’s heroics against Norwich City before they kick off this afternoon, otherwise we could be in trouble.
Rotherham are one of the weakest teams in the league this season with just 6 points and one win from the ten league games, so what tactics to use is a good question.
Do we just go all out attack from the very first whistle and hope to get a couple of goals and then control the game after that?
Or do we invite Rotherham to attack us and then hit them on the counter-attack after they leave openings.
Rafa has decided which of these two basic alternative approaches to use, but he’s giving nothing away when he talks tactics for this afternoon’s game:
“It’s quite difficult,” “They have a good team offensively.” “The two strikers are good players.”
“If we press high, maybe they can play counter-attack. “If we wait and play counter-attack, people will say ‘if you are stronger, why do you wait?’.”
“It’s not easy to decide what to do. It depends on your players. You have to make sure your decisions are right.”
We would tend to go all out attack at the start hoping to get a quick breakthrough and then take if from there.
What would you do?