Rafa Benitez has just completed his press conference for the FA Cup 3rd round tie at Birmingham City tomorrow afternoon.
After losing four of our last eight league games and five of the last nine if we include the League Cup defeat at Hull City, Rafa will be keen to get back to winning games.
Rafa Benitez at his press conference
Some of Rafa’s comments are now being reported on the Newcastle United Twitter account and on Chronicle Live.
Here are some of Rafa’s comments in no particular order:
“We’re very positive, and we’re thinking about the future and the next game.”
“We have to analyse in perspective. At the start of the season, we wanted to be promoted and have a good run in the cup.”
“We will try to be strong enough to win the game, while using the squad.”
“It’s important for players who are not playing to get a chance to show what they can do.”
“It’s an opportunity for some players.”
“There is a lot of speculation about Mitrovic – we are not interested in selling him.”
“He reacted fine (to being left out of the squad). He knew he had to keep working, he did and went to the gym.” “Murphy is working hard so deserved a chance”
“We want to be sure that if we sign a player, he is the one that we want.” “We are looking for the right players.”
Looks like Rafa will give a game to some of our finge players tomorrow.
But it would be good if we can get a win at Birmingham who have had no change of fortunes since new manager Gianfranco Zola took over in mid-December following the sacking of Gary Rowett.
A low 63% think we can win this game tomorrow.