Rafa Benitez is a meticulous planner and leaves nothing to chance and that’s something we haven’t seen at Newcastle for many a year.
An example of that was when Tim Krul and Rob Elliot were both injured at the beginning of the season and not ready to play for months.
Rafa brought in Matz Sels from Gent so he could have two experienced goalkeepers available (Karl Darlow was the other one) until Rob Elliot was fit again.
Rob is slowly coming back, but he is still not fully fit to play, so that was a sensible move by Rafa.
Rafa Benitez watching Isaac Hayden in training
Rafa has also made sure we are not short of players this season after injuries have decimated the squad over at least the last 10 years, but Newcastle didn’t do anything about those obvious injury problems.
Rafa did in the summer by taking a few measures such as installing new 4G technology pitches and we have had very few injuries so far this season.
Newcastle have now won eight games in a row in all competitions – the first time we have done that in 11 years – and we are also in the quarter finals of the League Cup and the fans are simply loving it.
Holding midfielder Isaac Hayden has been interviewed today and he’s talked about how the players believe in what Rafa is doing and they are only too willing to listen to the world-class manager:
“Everyone is confident. Everyone knows and respects what the manager is saying.”
“Everyone sits there and listens to what the manager is saying because we believe in him.”
“We all buy into what he is saying and that shows when we go out on to the pitch and for as long as we do that then we will always have a great chance.”
“We always want to win every game – whether it is Barcelona, Manchester United or Barnsley – we want to win every game.”
“I think that we are on a great run of results, but that means nothing at the moment because we can’t win the league at this stage; we can’t win the league by winning the next game.”
“It is just about getting the results over the season to get us where we want to be. We are focused on each individual game.”
Things are going very well and it’s September 20th since we lost a game, when we surprisingly lost 2-0 to Wolves at home after we had walloped QR 6-0 on the road.
Here’s our impressive league position at the moment and hopefully by the end of the year we will be a lot more than 8 points ahead of the 3rd placed club.