Rafa’s Press Conference – We Can Reach Semi-Final


Rafa Benitez has just completed his press conference for the quarter-final tie at Hull City tomorrow night and he talks about the game and says if we can play well we can win the game.

Coming out of the press conference is that Spanish full-back Jesus Gamez looks like he’s out for six weeks with a broken clavicle he picked up on Saturday in the second half.

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Rafa Benitez at his press conference

Some of his comments are now being reported on the Newcastle United Twitter account and in Chronicle Live.

These are some of Rafa’s comments starting with the status of Gamez:

“Maybe he will need an operation. “We are waiting. It’s not serious, but you have to do it just in case. If he has the operation, they say around six weeks.”

“Our approach tomorrow will be the same. We were doing well in the cup because we have a strong squad.”

“If I change players, it is because I am convinced it is still a strong team.”

“In terms of the game, it will be tough for both teams.”  “They are a dangerous team to play against.”

“I’m very pragmatic.”  “The cup competitions are a chance to progress.”

“It’s a motivation for us to play against a Premier League team.”  “They play at home, so they have a little bit of an advantage – maybe they are favorites..”

“When you play two games a week, the next game is a chance to change things.”

“We approach every game with confidence. We know that we will have the right motivation and the concentration to do well.”

“This is game is different because it is the cup and you have to finish with a result.”

“We did not do well early on vs Blackburn. We didn’t play at our level and we have to quickly change and bring positives back.”

“We have an opportunity at Hull. We are doing well in the EFL Cup because we have a good squad, same in the league.”

“If we play well we can win. If we don’t play well we can lose.” “It will be a tough game for both and we’ll see what happens.”

“Hull are physically strong. They are playing nice football but are struggling to score.” “But they concede goals too.”

“I would like to see more of our fans there, but I can’t control Hull’s policy. We have an opportunity to do well.”

Well, I finally realized it’s either a win or a defeat in the League cup games before the two-legged semi-final – didn’t take me very long to work than one out did it.

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32 comments so far

  • Average_Contents

    Nov 28, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #1

    Haha ed. You’ve finally taken the draw away. Egb will be throwing his muck all around his living room as we speak.

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  • Average_Contents

    Nov 28, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #2

    You might want to start the poll again though ed, ya know with only 92% total 😉

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  • Average_Contents

    Nov 28, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #3

    91% ?

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  • Average_Contents

    Nov 28, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #4

    I see shite defect are under investigation again. Their accounts this time.

    Poor mikey. My heart bleeds because of all those bullies picking on him.

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  • Average_Contents

    Nov 28, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #5

    Echooooo…….

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 28, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #6

    Sissoko has been criticicing the use of Wembley for Euro games, bet that went down well.

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  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Nov 28, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #7

    What kind of shiftless ne’er do well type, or worse, Mackem, can only muster sufficient enthusiasm to vote for a loss.

    As with most things of this ilk, I put it down to “bad parenting”.

    Ed, remove the loss option also.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 28, 2016 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Not sure if the silver haired wearer of silly glasses will be at Palace long enough to rescue him, a low key return to France beckons.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 28, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #9

    Jimmy @7 ha ha 😀

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  • Bobbybee

    Nov 28, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #10

    Had to take a phone call and missed two buses 🙂 16Bobbybee // Nov 28, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    If fancied sides won every game, would there be competitive games? There’d be little point surely? The magic of football is that any side – especially in the same division – is capable of beating any other team on their day. Remember Spurs last season? We’d already been relegated. They needed to win to finish above their version of the mackems for once. They fielded their strongest team available… and we wiped the floor with them. Nor is this sort of result a surprise anymore. It’s not that Spurs didn’t try, we know they did, but we just all played really well and they didn’t. These results happen and we need to quickly put it behind us and move on together. We’ll still win the league imo and these sort of games will happen occasionally to frustrate us. No bubble has burst. No decline has set in. Just one of those games.

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  • Bobbybee

    Nov 28, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #11

    Jail, tried to get on that ten to one bet on Saturday morning and it had gone. Must’ve been some money gone on it Friday because Saturday Coral had it down to 13/2! That’s quite a drop from tens. Wonder if our loss has pushed it out again? Not worth it at 13/2. 🙁 hope you win it though.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 28, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #12

    Bobby,
    I put a good few quid on it so I hope so too 😮

    We quickly out tge Wolves game behind us and we have to with Saturday starting tomorrow tonight. It was just a bad day at the office, Rafa had too much faith in squad players he thought were good enough and dare I say it he underestimated the opposition as did the players, I bet he doesn’t do it again and I think we might see a couple of new faces in January as well.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 28, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #13

    *put the

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 28, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m not sure what’s worse predective text’smoothie or tge fst fingered typos’s

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  • Bobbybee

    Nov 28, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #15

    Shit happens mate and it happened Saturday. Too many people making too much of one loss in ten imo. Hull won’t be easy either because Rafa built a team to get us promoted and they are already in the PL. God help the blog if we do lose, there might be one or two suicides! 🙂 No reason why we shouldn’t win though, with our best team playing. Get Colback and The Gouff back in – two grafters – and Gayle up front and with Lascelles shoring up the defence and we can beat anybody on our day.

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  • lesh

    Nov 28, 2016 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #16

    Two headlines in today’s Grauniad:

    ‘Pardew needs radical change to save job’ and

    ‘Sissoko falling short of expectations, says Pochettino’

    Both of them found out, already so soon? No surprises there then!

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  • clinath@ed

    Nov 28, 2016 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #17

    I think Rafa will have learnt a lot from saturday’s defeat, specially on those players who were not prepared to step up.
    Also learnt a lot about some of the fans on here who have gone a little bit over board with their criticism.
    The blog whinged for 2 years or more about the club not competing in cup games, now we have a good chance at a semi-final, some want Rafa to rest players….eh?
    One defeat will not see us fail in promotion but one may see us out of another cup, I know where my priorities are at the moment.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 28, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #18

    After Sissoko it will be Townsend and then Janmaat all wishing that they didn’t leave isn’t that right cabaye.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 28, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #19

    Tough match tomorrow 1-1, hope not, I don’t want extra time when we have got forest on Friday, who ever thought of that should have a firework shoved up their backside, how the frig can we play tomorrow and then Friday, surly that’s adavantage forest whether we win, lose or draw.

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  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Nov 28, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #20

    None of those who played could be considered simply squad players, other than perhaps Atsu.

    Blackburn played to instruction, frustrated us, pressed, got stuck in, knocked us off our stride and came away with an unlikely win, that probably even surprised them.

    Rafa will have been angry, but he won’t lose confidence in anyone as a result of one poor performance, particularly when it also included sub par efforts by first 11 mainstays Shelvey and Ritchie, and I’m sure their places are not under threat.

    This post written quite exotically from the both harrowing and wonderful Kolkata.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 28, 2016 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #21

    Phelan has announced that he’ll be using some younger players and squad players tomorrow night. Good chance this to progress . Rafa knows we want to be competetive in cups so he’s giving it a real go by saving Gayle etc. You just can’t please some folk, imagine the whinging if he’d done things the other way round and played a weaker team tomorrow .

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 28, 2016 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #22

    Swal?ocks,
    I think everyone got a shock by how bad we were Saturday, if we’d won there’d be no harm done, as it happens i’d say our UEFA elite manager has very much taken on board that the squad isn’t good enough to do without certain players and it was better to find that out while five points clear against a shite team like Blackburn.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 28, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #23

    Shame about the record but hopefully that will spur them on to chase it again.

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  • Bobbybee

    Nov 28, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #24

    Most of those who failed on Saturday have, at some time, played very well for us in the past. I don’t think it’s a case of not being good enough, I just put it down to possibly too many changes at once and the team not playing together. Games like that do happen regardless of who’s playing. We’re not invincible and we’ll lose again. No need to panic or consign anybody to the bin just yet. 🙂 Rafa will fix it, he usually does.

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 28, 2016 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #25

    it goes without saying i want us to win every match, but if there is a good time to lose then it was the weekend v blackburn, it did not impact our position, but hopefully sharpens the mind and focus for the cup game v hull. hull have been shocking all season so far and will be relegated along with palace because they have a losing mentality.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 28, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #26

    catchy,
    Happy Monday, the first time I’ve agreed with you for about five years 😀

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 28, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #27

    Catchy,
    “it goes without saying i want us to win every match”
    Except when you wanted us to lose every mstch and be relegated!

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  • AncientC

    Nov 28, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #28

    Teams with a high winning percentage can be at their most dangerous after losing a game. ‘Complacency ‘ has become a mantra of Benitez, there will be no danger of that against Hull.

    I am expecting the full snap-back effect & all guns to be blazing tomorrow.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 28, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #29

    AC

    Sorry Don’t quiet get your comment No 1 is that a dig or a joke.

    I can understand the high loss vote notwithstanding the possible Mackems. With Hull being at home and a division higher, especially after Saturday’s debacle.

    I voted for a win however, I still think Rafa (all hail him) will have the lads fully focused on this one.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 28, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #30

    Jail…. Yeah but he genuinely thought the squad players that he brought in were good enough to do the job

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 28, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #31

    On a rather nastier note, according to the Telegraph at the weekend it appears that police may be investigating the suicides of two players abused by Bennell when they were child footballers under his charge.
    One of whom was a forrner NUFC and Leeds player.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 28, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #32

    Bettyswallocks,
    I think they are good enough but like someone pointed out they are not good enough while the grafters were missing, ie Gamez could have easily deputised for Dummet but the Gouff wasn’t in front of him, Atsu has proved he can deputise, it was a bad combination of players that were changed which can only be realised in a real match.

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