Rafa Benitez really has a great positive approach to football – he concentrates fully on winning the next game – that’s all he thinks about.
He doesn’t dream about being top of the Championship or think about winning trophies – as he says he likes to win each game as it comes along.
Whether that’s in the league or the cup he doesn’t much care – he wants to win every single game.
Rafa Benitez – just wants to win games
We think the perfect result for Rafa is a win and a clean sheet and we’ve had two of those in succession.
And as he talks to the players almost every day that attitude – a very good one – will rub off on them and before long that’s what they want to do.
They get a winning attitude.
And we have started to do that – we have won 14 of the last 16 games this season after surprisingly losing those first two league games.
Here’s what Rafa has said today:
“We are using different players for different games,” “It will be a strong team, but different players.”
“We have a mix of players who need some time on the pitch. They train well and work hard, so deserve to be on the pitch.”
“We can use different players and they will perform at the level of the others.”
“I don’t think too much about winning trophies.” “I’m thinking about winning games, and that’s the most important thing if you want to win trophies later on.”
“It’s a strange situation playing the same side twice in a few days, but we will try and do well in the first meeting.”
“We are trying to work in a way that means everybody is involved and know what they want to do.”
“If we change players, you will see a difference in match fitness, but in terms of what they have to do, you won’t see much difference.”
It would be great if we can go through to the quarter finals tomorrow night.
And after that the only thing that matters is how we can beat Preston North End at Deepdale on Saturday afternoon.