In his interviews yesterday Rafa is showing how cool and collected he remains when things are not going particularly well for Newcastle, after we have lost two of our last three league games and lost five game of the last nine in all competitions.
He has put things in perspective and keeps looking at the big picture and certainly his perspective will help the players to just concentrate on the next game and try to win it.
Rafa Benitez – thinking big picture
Rafa is showing why he has been so successful in the past in football because in any season there are ups and downs and we are in a down at the moment and hopefully can get out of it quickly.
He has talked about the FA Cup game tomorrow at Birmingham to the local reporters:
“I want to be sure we can try and win but I will not kill my players because we have to try and go one round up.”
“We could have been playing against Manchester United in a two-legged semi-final in the EFL Cup.”
“Can you do it with your squad? Because they can play 10 different players and still be stronger than you.”
“How will you approach this FA Cup round in the Premier League with a very good squad?” “It’s different if you’re in the Championship and you have to get promoted.”
“It’s totally different.”
“I have a squad that I want to use and I want to protect them, too, because I know what it means when you’re not playing regularly and then have to play.”
“I will put out a team that can compete and do well.” “My idea is to do well in every competition.”
“Aleksandar Mitrovic has to play because Dwight Gayle is playing too many games and Mitrovic has to play.”
“I’m not expecting him to run more than Gayle and score five goals, I’m expecting him to give everything.”
“For me, it’s about thinking about the big picture.”
“We need to be as strong as we can as a team and a squad and you need players who are not playing to give everything.”
We really need to somehow get the win this afternoon just to get ourselves back on the winning track before we have a tough game at Brentford a week on Monday.
That will be the 5th game Jonjo Shelvey will have missed due to his suspension and he’ll be back for the game at home to Rotherham on January 21st.
That’s good news.