Rafa On What It’s All About In The Championship

Rafa Benitez has a very simple philosophy in football and it’s served him very well in his career as one of the best managers in the world.

He wants to win every single game his team plays.

Yes, we’ve heard that before from other managers, but Rafa takes it all to a whole new level and he instills in his players how three points is nirvana in any game .

Rafa Benitez with Yoan Gouffran

If we win, the job has been done and if we can keep a clean sheet even better.

So the 1-0 win against a good Derby County side was an excellent result on Saturday, even though it was much closer at the end than it needed to be if we had taken more of the chances we had earlier in the game.

I think of what we would have all felt like if Yedlin hadn’t headed off the line in the last few seconds of the game and we had dropped another 2 points.

But my arm and head start hurting every time and it’s not healthy – so I don’t think about it too much.


Rafa has once again explained just how simply his philosophy is – and why he doesn’t need to look at the league table after every game:

“I’m not really worried about the table.”

“It depends on us. If we carry on winning our games, we will be there. You cannot be watching when you have so many teams around now.”

“Reading are doing well. Huddersfield are doing well. It’s not just Brighton. Leeds are doing well.” “You have to make sure you are doing your job.”

“I’m not thinking about me. I’m thinking about the fans and players. “The players need to feel the support of the fans.”

“The fans have to realise that we are here together. “If everything is fine, everybody will enjoy it.” “They are crucial for us.”

“They are key for players.”

“After the transfer window, we have to stick together. “We keep working hard. We try to win games.”

“Then we will have plenty of time to see what happens.”

“If we are winning games, we will enjoy.”

“That’s it.”

The 3 points on Saturday saw us have a good weekend, with Brighton only drawing at Brentford and Huddersfield beating Leeds United yesterday.

Reading also dropped two points at Ipswich Town on Saturday.

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Things look good as long as we can keep winning.

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