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.