This Action Is Very Unusual For Rafa Benitez


A number of Newcastle players have already departed to join up with their International squads – Aleksandar Mitrovic (Serbia), Paul Dummett (Wales) and Ciaran Clark (Ireland) – but the rest of the squad was in for training as usual yesterday.

One of the things Newcastle can improve is to control games more and on Saturday we missed at least five good chances and the it should never have been 2-1 after 73 minutes with the chance that we could have dropped a valuable 3 points.

But Rafa’s strategy is that the team and the players will improve and learn something from every single game as the manager wants the squad to only think of the next game and how we can win that.

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Rafa Benitez in training
How you pass a rugby ball?


Benitez will put his players through technical and tactical drills this week, before allowing those Magpies still on Tyneside some well-earned rest days given that Newcastle’s next match is not until a week on Sunday.

This is what Rafa has told nufcTV:

“We will lose some players – they will go with their countries – but the other players will be here and we can keep working with them,”

“After, we will give them some days off to be sure that mentally, they are fresh when they come back.”

“It was a great start on Saturday.” “After, we had two or three chances and the same situation in the second half.”

“We needed to score the third goal and finish the game; we didn’t do it and then Cardiff were pushing but that’s Championship football; throw-ins, free kicks, the ball in the box.”

“We can analyse the result and the whole game and we will see that we had the control and created chances.”

“But you have to take your chances in football or the other team will have the belief that they can score and they will be fighting until the end.”

“Watching the replay and the video, it seemed to be hand-ball for their goal, but you have to accept what happened and just relax now, and with the international break try to be sure that we are ready.

“It’s not easy to win games, it’s not easy in any division, so to have the opportunity to see the team scoring goals and winning games in a row is always, for a manager, a nice situation.”

Rafa will train with the players this week but then will give them some rest with our next game is not until a week on Sunday.

As Jonjo and other players have mentioned, Rafa isn’t one for relaxing or allowing players to put their feet up so this is a little unusual for Rafa who is a perfectionist and a workaholic,

But the lads deserve a little break and then next week can get ready for Leeds United at a sold-out Elland Road and that will be some game against one of the top English clubs of the past.

It’s a pity that Leeds have been out of the Premier League since 2004 and that’s too long for a club of its standing.

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4 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Nov 8, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #2

    Found this link….below

    Not sure how accurate though

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 8, 2016 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #3

    From the other thread

    @Jib

    Yeah that is going to be the problem if Rafa wants premiership experience at a quality level now it seems after a season or 2 of doing well every player is now going to be 20 million plus! Gylfi has a better premiership track record than Gayle or Richie so would most likely be more expensive than when we signed them!

    @WWSBRD

    Yeah he would do great in our team him and Shelvey together at Swansea were deadly at times! Miles better than Perez or Diame in that position but again Rafa may have others in mind! Just thinking if he is looking for domestic experience and a player who would love to join us this guy would suit the bill!

    Be very interesting to see which players we can entice Chelsea, Arsenal and Man Utd stockpile loads of talented guys that would maybe rather come and play for us than get loaned out like Atsu

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  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 8, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #4

    Listening to TalkSport this morning , Ian Abraham ( The Moose) predicted , based on rumours he’d heard, that Klopp will go to Real Madrid , Coutinho to Barcelona and that Rafa will be offered a job at a big club and not see out the season with us.

    The thought of Rafa leaving just doesn’t bear thinking about and although I think it’s very unlikely to happen these rumours are a stark reminder of where we’d be without him.

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