SkyBet people must just love Rafa Benitez because of the way he handles himself and the way he represents the top club in the Championship – Newcastle.
He is extremely respectful of the league and the clubs in it and he’s already said it’s the toughest football league in the world to play in, mainly because of the schedule when there’s often two games a week to play for long stretches.
But yesterday he went further and said it’s a fallacy that teams just play the long ball and in fact there are some very good managers plying their trade in the Championship and they use good tactics in games.
Rafa Benitez – compliments for the Championship
In short, he said the quality in the Sky Bet Championship is much higher than most football “experts” think.
This is some of what Rafa said on SkyBet yesterday about the league after picking up his Manager of the Month award for October – he also mentions the terrible start we had to the season:
“It’s quite good and better than people think.” “Everybody was saying it was long-ball or second-ball football. It’s not like this.” “You have a lot of teams that play on the floor and pass the ball.”
“And tactically they have different systems. It is quite interesting for a manager.” “You have to adapt to different systems and situations during the game.”
“I’m really pleased but I have to say when you win a trophy, your staff, players and the people working at the club they are working hard.”
“The mood is really good. We are playing well, scoring goals and not conceding too many and also we have to understand the style of the Championship.”
“When you play at home you play on the floor, when you play away you have to defend long balls and set-pieces.” “I think the mood is good and we are growing and improving.”
“At the beginning it wasn’t nice because we thought we could do better.” “I don’t think we deserved to lose the games maybe draws were more realistic.”
“In the end we lost and had to live with that, but we sent the same message out, the team was working hard and little by little we were changing things.”
Next up for Newcastle is a very tough game at Leeds United a week tomorrow – another win in that game would be fantastic.