Rafa Benitez is down to earth and a realist and he very rarely gets carried away in either direction – either getting too high after a good win or getting too low after a surprising defeat.
We’ve seen both of those in the first two months of the season – for example the 6-0 win at QPR followed a few days later by the 2-0 defeat at home to Wolves.
And that steady measured approach is almost a necessity when you are managing any football team and especially at a place like Newcastle – where the expectations are always artificially high.
Rafa Benitez with his coaches in pre-season in Dublin
Rafa is also a perfectionist and he has said after every game he will analyze what went right and what didn’t work with the players – with the ultimate goal being to improve after each and every game.
And Rafa uses technology available to him to help analyze each game – he is definitely into technology as a means to improve the side – and that technology (software) is getting better and better as time marches on.
Rafa has assessed how things are after 11 league games played that has given us a decent average of 2 points a game – which is OK – but we are still (only) in 3rd place in the league table.
This is some of what Benitez has said today to the local press:
“I am quite happy, although still not 100% satisfied (of course not), because we are not at the top of the table.”
“In terms of how things are going, I think we are going in the right direction.”
“I probably sound like a broken record because I am saying this all the time, but I can still see room for improvement.”
“For me, that is quite a positive thing though. I can see that the team has to improve.”
“A lot of things are going well, but there are also a lot of things that can still be a lot better.”
We suppose for Rafa to be quite happy is (very) good?
We’ll see how things go over the next five league games before the next International break.
It would be great if we can get five wins but that’s probably unrealistic.
That’s true isn’t it?
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