Rafa Talks About 1000 Games, Burton, Happy With Atsu

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.

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12 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Dec 16, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #1

    It’s a win I’m afraid. Sorry Burtonites. 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Dec 16, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #2

    What are 15 posters drinking to vote lose?

  • Tsunki

    Dec 16, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #3

    I mean really – who are these people?

  • firebug666

    Dec 16, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #4


    Makems mate, nowt to worry about 😀

  • AncientC

    Dec 16, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #5

    ‘Former Liverpool midfielder Joao Carlos Teixeira, 23, is set to join Brighton on loan after an indifferent start to the Portuguese’s time at Porto’.

    Not so sure that “indifferent” covers it, as the guy has only played 6 minutes for Porto – how indifferent can you be within 6 minutes of game time…

    If Brighton can get Teixeira playing, it’s going to be quite a battle to win the Championship this season.

  • toonincheek

    Dec 16, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #6

    Chuinky –

    There are WUMs, Mackems and those NUFC supporters
    who believe that voting to lose brings good luck.

    It’s all been explained before.

    Why worry about it?

  • lesh

    Dec 16, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #7


    It’s not necessarily the case that the ‘lose’ voters are WUMs, drunks or whatever.

    There’s a helluva difference between should win and will win – as many of us know from experience of the likes of Hereford, Exeter and other relatively smaller clubs

  • Tsunki

    Dec 16, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #8

    Not worrying, just dismayed at the quality of human nature ha ha

  • Jib

    Dec 16, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #9


    I think they have the internet in Burton on Trent.

    Can you work it out now ?


  • Bobbybee

    Dec 16, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #10

    Another tricky match tomorrow, but one we should win if we play anywhere near our potential. Our biggest problem again could be complacency, but Wednesdays game should remind us nothing comes easy in this league. No idea what their pitch is like, but if it’s a bit rough I imagine they’ll keep it that way. The pitch on Wednesday prevented us from playing our usual slick passing game and it showed. I imagine that wasn’t lost on Cloughie, who’ll be looking for any advantage he can get. They haven’t sold out yet either, but I suspect they will before it kicks off. I agree with Cloughie that this is a match perfect for TV, with the biggest and smallest in the league clashing. Still, Sky know best, ha ha ha!

  • barkel

    Dec 16, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Just reading updates on the U-23’s, they really seem to be lethal from set-plays, corners in particular. Roberts has 5 assists so far in a game and a half, surely deserving a call up to the senior squad in the not too distant future

  • Jib

    Dec 16, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #12

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