Benitez Discusses Approaches To Playing Two Games A Week

Rafa Benitez has been interviewed by the local press today and he was asked about the upcoming EFL Cuip tioe in just less than two weeks at Hull on Tuesday, 29th November.

But the manager didn’t want to discuss that too much and Rafa being Rafa wants to concentrate on the games we have before that – and of course the most important game is always the next game.


Paul Dummett with Rafa Benitez in training

And it’s a huge one at Leeds United where we will have to be somewhere near our best to increase our win streak to 9 games in all competitions.

This is what Rafa said when asked about the League Cup tie at Hull, when he took the opportunity to discuss strategies when you are playing two games a week:

“We have plenty of time to think about the cup. I am happy about how we are doing at the moment and I have a lot of respect for Hull.”

“We have confidence we can win, and I am sure they do too. But we have time to prepare for this game.”

“The approach for me is one game at a time but if you play on a Saturday it is always difficult to be fully fit and ready for a Tuesday.”

“It depends on your positions and which players you have available, because if you have two right-backs say, and one is doing well, maybe you can play the other. It’s not a big issue.”

“But if you have just one in that position because the other is injured maybe you have to play the same player on the Tuesday.”

Newcastle will have one more day to prepare for Leeds United this week with the game being the early kickoff game on Sunday at 1:15 pm.

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18 comments so far

  • nut meg

    Nov 16, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #1


  • nut meg

    Nov 16, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #2

    Spyder were from longbenton and plated all over the area,done a quite a few gigs over in Germany as well.

  • Tsunki

    Nov 16, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #3

    Jib saw Goofy and Friends on Ice at the Metro Radio Arena in 2011. Crazy, crazy days. 🙂

    Jib, you seem to be wavering about the function of the blog, usually you think it’s a pan-sports one, mostly a “soccer” one but finally you stoop to chastise me from the more accurate stance of a general NUFC related news blog. Have you made your mind up what it is yet?

  • Jib

    Nov 16, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #4


  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 16, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #5

    @3. Hahahahah. Quality.

  • Tsunki

    Nov 16, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #6

    Fair enough.

  • hibbit

    Nov 16, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #7

    anyone remember the apprentice balls at the mayfair
    i think black sabbath were the headline band 69/70 ???

  • Jib

    Nov 16, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #8
  • TyneMouth

    Nov 16, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #9

    Gerrard, Carrick! whoever next?
    Is Jimmy Scoular still available?

  • TyneMouth

    Nov 16, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #10

    I’ve got Rafa’s photo back on the banner of the blog page on my tablet!
    That’s a relief, need a drink…

  • lesh

    Nov 16, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Tsunki, which mind of Jib’s are you asking’s changed?


    Jib, Nutmeg

    You’ve mentioned Spyder but what about that other Newcastle band that had some lead singer who had ideas way beyond the CIU clubs? What was name? Brian err, what’s his name??

  • hibbit

    Nov 16, 2016 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #12

    funnily enough i am in that picture !!

  • Novocastrian66

    Nov 16, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Mister Tuff;
    Sorry I did not see your response yesterday.
    Anyone who has evidence of a crime being committed can report it to the police. They do not to have been a victim or a witness to pass information on for further investigation.

  • Jib

    Nov 16, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m now thinking the band was called SPYDA

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 16, 2016 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #16

    How come there are so many votes for us to lose or draw ffs we are top of the league chaps with a great squad and manager.

    As for Carrick and Gerrard why not Lampard as well so we’ve got all of the golden oldies!!

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 16, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #17

    Novo – whilst it would be correct that anybody could report anything they wanted to the police for further enquiry -the point I’m making is that the FA as an organisation would have to have permission from the victim/aggrieved party.

  • lesh

    Nov 16, 2016 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #18


    If I were to hazard a guess about the picture, I’d say you’re the one with the long hair.


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