Rafa Talks About Mitrovic – Lack of Discipline – Being Stupid

Aleksandar Mitrovic scored two goals in Wednesday night’s 6-0 win over Preston in the EFL Cup and he could start tomorrow at Preston with Dwight Gayle said to be very doubtful for the game.

And Rafa has talked to the local press today and it seems he has talked to Mitro personally about his behavior on Tuesday night and has made some points to the whole squad about lack of discipline in the team and how negative that is.

Mitrovic was booked for taking his shirt off after scoring his second goal and before that he had argued with Matt Ritchie to try to take the penalty when Matt was the designated penalty taker.


Aleksandar Mitrovic arguing with Matt Ritchie to take penalty

This is what Rafa said on Friday to the local press:

“Our message was very clear,” “We will have suspensions and injuries.” “You see Colback now from the challenge the other day.” “You need a good squad and everybody has to be working.”

“That’s the reason why we were sending the same message.” “We knew this could happen.”

“It’s a silly thing to do (Mitro took his shirt off after scoring second goal and got booked) as you don’t need to do it.”

“This one has been a conversation with the whole team (Mitro argued with Ritchie to take the penalty), because these are things that are important for the rest of the team too.”

“To be booked for this makes no sense.” “They need to know that arguing to take a penalty when we have already decided on a penalty taker makes no sense.”

“Mitro, in terms of working, is working very hard,” “In terms of his mentality, he’s a young player. He’s very emotional. It’s a question of time.”

“When I came last year I had two or three conversations with him, trying to manage him a little bit. “He’s getting better.” “The other day he was so excited.”

“You can see it’s very positive. “He’s celebrating the goals with his team-mates when he’s on the bench.”  “There are a lot of positives.”

“But he has to manage his temper a little bit – that is the challenge.”

The game was televised live around the world on Tuesday night and it didn’t look good when Mitro argued with Matt Ritchie to take the penalty and the Serbian was persistent in his pleads to Matt.

Richie did well to keep the ball and eventually take the penalty and score – but that altercation could have put Matt off.

That’s a lack of discipline on the field and did not reflect well on the club.

Mitro is a challenge for Rafa Benitez, but we’re sure he can handle the 22 year-old – we hope he can handle Mitro – and eventually make him into a great player for the Magpies.

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9 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 28, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #1

    Eds on the move again.




    It was a nice evening, we went to a local Turkish restaurant.

    Lovely food and huge portions we both came out like bloated whales and still had a doggy bag. ?

    Next year is the big one, will have to plan something special.

    Thanks for asking.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 28, 2016 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #2

    Lesh you’re right when ManU have played us they refer to them as United and us as Newcastle. It gets up my nose as well.

    Not us being called Newcastle, cos that’s who we are but we are still United. 🙂

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 28, 2016 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Love this guy. Maybe goes a long way in explaining why he is the way he is.

    Passionate. Not just about football in general but about us as a club.


  • Average_Contents

    Oct 28, 2016 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #4



    I forgot to say that was from the mag.

  • mindshaft

    Oct 28, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Meh! Whatever – way too many angry people on here -cabaye have sat on bench but he played champions league football .. who gives a fu3k
    Yeah we can go on about him and debuchy and lack of games but better then than the dejong brothers

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 28, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #6


    I read this on the previous thread, if I was an opposing championship manager about to play us, I wouldn’t sleep nights.

    He seems to have it all brains, commitment, heart, empathy, tactical nous. He’s a god compared to the last few managers we’ve had.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 28, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #7

    TV break time with missus.

  • Spotlight Kid

    Oct 28, 2016 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #8

    There must be someone at SJP handy with a needle & thread – or even velcro as a last gasp solution. All you need to do is sew together Mitro’s shorts and shirt so when he tries to rip off his shirt he gives himself a wedgie. He’d soon get the message….

  • Charlietoon

    Oct 29, 2016 at 6:15 AM

    Comment #9

    Great management. Compare this to Steve “he’s going to bust sone heads” McLaren. His passion is infectious but he needs to make sure he is never a liability and him taking his shirt off shows his lack of maturity. Perez will start vs Preston


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