Rafa Identifies Something The International Break Is Good For

A lot of  football fans find the International breaks rather boring, as the various countries play their games for either the FIFA World Cup qualifying which is going on in this two year cycle, or in the other  cycles the Euro Championships or other regional tournaments around the world.

But there just seems to be far too many game trying to be fitted into the football season and something will have to give shortly.

Maybe the top leagues in countries around the world – who provide most of the International players – will need to be reduced in size from 20 clubs to say 18 clubs – that will reduce the league by 4 games, but there are still too many games.


Rafa Benitez directing training

And exactly how the Premier League can manage to squeeze in a winter break, like most of the other European leagues have –  is a good question.

But Rafa has identified a positive about the International games.

This is what he has said to the local press today:

“The international break can be good for players who aren’t playing.”

“They can get match fitness. It can be bad for players who are playing when they have to play extra minutes or they may not play, you just have no control of them.”

“I said before that there are too many international games at the moment. You can’t change it, so you have to make sure your players are fine.”

As far as we know Newcastle players have not picked up any injuries on their International exploits, so Rafa should almost have a full squad to choose from for Sunday’s tough game at Elland Road.

And it includes Jonjo Shelvey, who has appealed his FA misconduct charge and asked for a personal hearing and will therefore be available for this game.

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10 comments so far

  • mattyNUFC

    Nov 16, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #1

    aarons with an ACL injury. poor kid

  • mattyNUFC

    Nov 16, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #2

    sad but time to cut losses on Rolando. these players have little to no sentiment for fans and clubs these days. clubs should reciprocate it, especially when a player is this far gone

  • manxpie

    Nov 16, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #3

    Whoever the personal trainer is that aarons has and seems to advertise a lot needs suing he must not be building up the right areas!
    It seems the club is starting to get quite a bit of bad luck at the minute so hopefully we get it out of the way this early in the season


    Nov 16, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #4

    Aaron’s injury means we will likely bring in a winger come Jan then another in the summer when Goofy heads off to France, not sure where that leaves him after another long lay off

    I don’t see him coming back to the first team picture

  • Jib

    Nov 16, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #5

    Manx old bean
    To blame an ACL injury on a trainer is crassness of epic proportions.

  • mattyNUFC

    Nov 16, 2016 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #6


    pretty short-sighted assessment

    people are different, and others are clearly more brittle than others.

  • manxpie

    Nov 16, 2016 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #7

    He’s been injured mostly for near 3 years hardly short sighted,
    I’m not blaming him for the acl but the fact he is never fit


    Nov 16, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #8

    Sept 2014 – Thigh injury – out for 2 months
    Nov 2014 – Hamstring injury – out for 6 months
    Sept 2015 – Calf injury – out for 1 month
    Oct 2015 – Malleolar (leg) injury – Out for 2 months
    August 2016 – Metatarsal (foot) injury – Had just returned to light training
    November 2016 – ACL injury – Likely to be out for over a year.

    My word

  • manxpie

    Nov 16, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #9

    798 minutes played = 8.8 games
    in 2.5 years and now he’s on a bumper 5 year contract needs to be taken down the knackers yard

  • stestickle

    Nov 16, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #10

    was aarons not already a crock when he arrived at toon was released by bristol city was he not


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