This Is Rafa Benitez’ Next Goal For Newcastle

When you have a manager who has won three European trophies in his career his standards are going to be very high.

And so it is with Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez.

So even though we are now 9 points above 3rd placed Reading and that’s 10 points if you consider our much superior goal difference, Rafa isn’t taking about that – he’s talking about how his Newcastle side can improve and get better.

We love it.

Rafa Benitez – in training

This is what Rafa said after the game on Saturday about how tough it was at Burton Albion and then goes on about how the team can improve:

“We knew that it could be a difficult game because the pitch could not be in the best condition to play on the floor and have a lot of time.”

“Especially when the other team is so tight, so close and are pressing.”

“When you want to control and pass, sometimes you don’t have this chance.”

“We needed to adapt, and we did that more or less during the first half.”

“Especially we wanted to play behind them and we did it well in the first half.”

“In the second half, they were pushing and pushing, we made some mistakes giving the ball away, and we put ourselves under pressure.”

“But we showed this maturity, we showed this character that you need to show if you want to compete and win these kind of games.”

“We have learned a lot of things.” 

“Normally the manager and the players need to know each other, to understand each other and the style of football.

“Between players, also you have players that have been playing in different countries so these things can take time.”

“We’re doing well, we can do things better, they will have to keep working hard if we want to improve.”

Newcastle are now on a very good 49 points after 22 league games played – and that’s exactly the same points that Chris Hughton had for Newcastle after the same number of games seven years ago, when last we were in the Championship.

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8 comments so far

  • Jib

    Dec 19, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #1

    Rafa’s just warming up
    Wait until the Spanish fox gets into the PL henhouse – there’ll be some feathers flying this time next year !!!!

  • Tsunki

    Dec 19, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #2

    It’s good to know that not only has Sr. Benitez got things under control, we are top and he is pushing for improvement and not settling for consolidation as many managers in his position would be.

  • Jib

    Dec 19, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Somos proyecto de Rafa

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 19, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #4

    Jib Jibberish – despite your foul attitude you are good for a laugh, although probably not an intended laugh.
    You seem pretty crap at geography.
    I’ve formulated a few questions for you.
    1. Is Africa part of Europe.
    2.Do South Americans live in Africa.
    3. Study the below image do you think it is a truthful depiction or not.

  • Jib

    Dec 19, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Must cringe every time Mr Tosser posts
    What an embarrassment
    Every blog has one or two

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 19, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #6

    I feel another cough coming on.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 19, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #7

    Looking forward to the Merseyside Derby tonight, hopefully there will be goals.

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 19, 2016 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #8

    Where’s everyone this evening.


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