Rafa Keen To Concentrate On The Present

Rafa Benitez is very well aware that when a team is winning it’s sometimes difficult to keep them focused and the players’ feet firmly on the ground, but Rafa has that winning mentality and has often said he simply wants to win every single game.

Great teams of the past like Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United, the likes of which we may never see again – well at least for a very long time – were so professional and never took any team for granted.


Rafa Benitez and his coaching staff with award in sunny Newcastle

And yes, for the opposition it would be their game of the season and they would lift their game against the Red Devils.

But when you are a good team – like Newcastle look like they are becoming – you have to get used to that – that’s what it’s like when you are successful.

Confident, but never underestimate and always respect the opponent.

Rafa’s attitude is very like that for every game and he is also down to earth and determined his players concentrate 100% during games and in training and don’t get ahead of themselves.

This is some of what Rafa said in his interview with SkyBet yesterday, after receiving the Manager of the Month award for October:

“We have a lot of confidence now, but at the same time my idea is very clear: we have to be sure that we approach every game like the last one.”

“We need to stop people thinking too much about what we can do.”

“It’s just the next game.”

And Newcastle’s next game is going to be something at Elland Road against an in-form Leeds United team in front of a sell out crowd close to 40,000.

We will do very well if we can keep our game winning streak going in that game.

That’s the plan.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 12, 2016 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #1

    On previous topic:-

    It’s a bit unfair to pillory Hanley. Even Aguero has been known to miss chances!

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 12, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #2

    Dummett versus Mitro?

    “Dummett has found himself on the bench for Wales in recent times and is still waiting to add to his two caps.

    “However, with both Tottenham’s Ben Davies and Swansea’s Neil Taylor out injured he may get that opportunity tonight.”

  • sing in the corner

    Nov 12, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #3

    Ron @ 1

    Ah naa, but it’s the manner of the miss, not the actual miss itself. Biscuit tin heed 🙂

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #4


    But the shot at least was directed vaguely in the right direction!

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 12, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #5

    Hanley did not look a PL quality defender last night, but he does have strength and could improve with a run of games. However, that would mean dropping a player of higher ability which is difficult to see happening through choice.


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