In what will be Rafa Benitez’ 1,0001th game in charge as a manager, he has just completed his press conference for the game against Burton Albion tomorrow afternoon at the Perelli Stadium which has a capacity of just under 7,000.
A few hundred tickets are still unsold but there are 1600 Newcastle fans making the trip to a very famous place in England’s very long brewing history to face the Brewers.
Rafa Benitez – finished his press conference
Here are some of the initial comments Rafa has made about the game tomorrow afternoon in no particular order – as they are being reported on the Newcastle Twitter account and via Chronicle Live:
“There are so many games now and it’s difficult to be in charge for a long time, so I’m very proud to reach 1,000 games.”
“For me, it’s about having the opportunity to manage and try to do good things for the club and the fans.”
“Burton have very good team spirit and they work very hard. At home they are doing well.”
“I don’t have any problem going from the Bernabeu to Burton.” “I just want to do well for this great club and these people.”
“I watched Burton and I was impressed by their intensity and the fans.” “They have good team spirit. They have pace. It’s a tough game.”
“We know the situation with Atsu’s contract.” “A lot of positives and he knows that I am happy with him but it’s too soon to talk about signing him. “
“I’m happy with the squad. We have different players that we can use in different positions.”
“When the team is doing well, scoring goals and keeping clean sheets, as a manager you have to be very pleased.”
“We are at the top of the table and we want to stay there. Brighton are doing well, so we can’t stop doing what we’re doing.”
Almost nine fans in ten think we will win this game tomorrow, but we have a feeling this could be a very tough game for us.
We’d be delighted if we can win it.