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.