Rafa – It’s A Massive Compeititon – We Are Trying To Win


Rafa Benitez wants to win every game this season that Newcastle play, but he has a big squad with a number of players who have played very few minutes.

It looks like Rafa will continue to rotate his squad and for the game at Brentford on Saturday we will be seeing a lot of the regular players returning to the starting line-up.

But then in the replay against Birmingham at home a week tomorrow we will again see other players coming in, although we are hoping Jonjo Shelvey will play in that game and he could make  a huge difference.

Rafa Benitez – in training

Rafa seems adamant that he must give all his players playing time this season.

But he also knows the FA Cup is still huge in England and of course he did win it  with Liverpool back in 2006, so he knows what it takes to win the FA Cup.

Liverpool beat Alan Pardew’s West Ham 3-1 on penalties back then after the game ended 3-3 after 90 minutes with Steven Gerrard equalizing in stoppage time.

This is what Rafa has told the local press today as reported in the Chronicle:

“It was good for a lot of them. People like Cheick Tiote was working very hard and he was not playing before.”

“You can’t expect them to play 90 minutes or do everything perfectly.”  “What you have to expect is they give everything and they did that, I am happy with that.”

“We approach every game trying to win. If you want to go through in the FA Cup you have to win.”  “So we’re going to try to do it.”

“For me, it is a massive competition, I won it with Liverpool.”

“We know what it means. With Newcastle, if we can get through we’ll try to do it. As I always say, and I don’t lie to our fans, we try to do it with the squad.”

“You have to use players who aren’t playing too much because in the end, it’s also good for them.”

“It is good for the squad the team and the league position.”

With Rafa making eight changes to the side on Saturday we were lucky to survive, but we did and we are hoping we can get through the replay and then we play Oxford United away – a game we could win.

What do you think?

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1 comment so far

  • Spotlight Kid

    Jan 10, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #1

    Has Rafa learned nowt from the Hull City Hokey-Cokey debacle? His decision to play a weakened team in the league in an attempt to progress in the cup failed spectacularly, and the knock on affect is still being felt. This squad cannot win the fa cup, let alone win promotion AND the fa cup. As soon we draw a prem side we are out – simple as that – especially with Sels between the sticks. Use the replay as a competitive run out for the squad only , don’t risk any key players. The cup has eluded us for 62 years, so nobody is going to notice, and now is not the time for undeliverable pronouncements.

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