Rafa Benitez has just completed his first conference for over two weeks for the game on Sunday afternoon against Leeds United at Elland Road.
There will be an expected crowd of close to 38,000 at the game and it’s a complete sellout.
This is an extremely tough game for us coming straight after the International break, with Leeds a team in form who last time out beat Norwich City 3-2 at Carrow Road.
Rafa Benitez – just completed his press conference for Leeds game
Here are some of the initial comments Rafa made about the Leeds United game – and we have taken them from the Newcastle United Twitter account and also from ChronicleLive in no particular order:
“The atmosphere in training has been fantastic – everyone has been working hard. I’m really pleased with everyone.”
“Always January is difficult but we are doing our job finding the right players. We don’t need too many, but we are looking”
“Stevie (Gerrard) is a fantastic player. He is one of the best I’ve ever had.” “He can do well if he follows that path into management with MK Dons.”
“Gary Speed was a good player for both clubs, a big name and someone who had the respect of everyone.”
“Garry Monk is a good manager, a young manager who is growing.”
“Jonjo Shelvey is OK to play.” “We are looking forward to it”
“I’m really disappointed about Rolando’s injury. It is really bad luck. He was working so hard to be ready.”
“There will be a lot of fans in the stadium, and it’s a massive game for everyone.”
The Mirror has reported today that Steven Gerrard has interviewed for the vacant manager job at MK Dons, so he may be thinking of a future management career.
Both sets of fans will honor the memory of Gary Speed with a minute’s applause after 11 minutes of the game – that’s the shirt number Gary wore for both Leeds United and Newcastle United.
There will be members of Gary’s family attending the game.
Gary lost his life on 27th November, 2011 when he was found hanged at his Cheshire home by his wife.
Three fans in five think we can win this game on Sunday.
What do you think?
Comments very welcome.