Benitez Explains Why Newcastle Will Keep Improving This Season

It helps to understand Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez if you know he is two things – first of all he’s a perfectionist and then he’s a workaholic.

And since it takes a lot of work to become perfect in anything – then the two traits go well together.


Even when we win a game 6-0 and we’ve done that twice this season, in his interviews after the game he talks about areas of the team that can still get better, but the bottom line is he only wants the team and the players to improve.

He sees that as his job.


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And in his interview with the Chronicle today, before the massive game at Elland Road this afternoon, that particular message comes across loud and clear.

Like any good coach, he wants to improve every single player in his squad and the evidence is that he is doing that this season.

This is some of what Rafa has said:

“The main thing is that I have to improve my team; and I can see my team improving.” 

“There is no guarantee that you will win any game – this one or that one – but I can tell you that I was watching the drills we were doing in training, we were doing really well and the team is keeping improving.”

“We are at the top of the table, we are doing well, but still we can improve – that is my feeling.”

“There is room for improvement because in some of the training sessions we are really, really good.”

“I want to be more consistent in that, because then we will be more consistent in the games.”

“I am enjoying it this season almost every day. Why? Because I was not happy those days when we lost, but I have enjoyed almost every day because I like to learn.”

“I like to pass on my message, we have a great staff, we are developing the players.”

With Huddersfield and Norwich both being beaten yesterday afternoon, it’s shaken up the top of the Championship a bit.

Another win today against Leeds United  could see us go 5 points clear of Brighton at the top of the table and 9 points above 3rd placed Reading.

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We need to win this game.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Nov 20, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #1

    We will send a huge message to the league today if we can get the three points

  • Jib

    Nov 20, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #2

    Sounds like Rafa has caught “the Toon” bug

  • Jib

    Nov 20, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #3

    That bug is very infectious
    Lots of folk in Sunlun have it !
    They think about the Toon more than their own club.

  • Jib

    Nov 20, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #4

    No one has made much of this !

    But it could be huge for us with Brighton currently in second spot

  • Legolas

    Nov 20, 2016 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #5

    Confirmed Rafa bingo


    Yedlin Clark Lascelles Dummett

    Ritchie Colback Shelvey Gouffran



  • sing in the corner

    Nov 20, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #6

    Gould be quite a few 5 points gathered today in the housey.

  • sing in the corner

    Nov 20, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #7


  • Novocastrian66

    Nov 20, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #8

    Jib Brighton were terrible on Friday. Calderwood has been on gardening leave since the 12th of November. I don’t think that would have anything to do with their performance as it is too soon to have had any effect (his leaving) however Brighton have a solid defence and some holes may start appearing. It was certainly creaking on Friday.

  • giimps

    Nov 20, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #9

    That is an odd one Jib, especially with Colin being part of a succesful set up, i can see that being a distraction which could partially derail their plans ,hopefully just enough to see us pip them for top spot come may.
    I cant see Chris being too happy with it bu hes a gent and an honourable man so will just get on with it.

  • Jib

    Nov 20, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #10



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