Rafa Benitez has drummed it into his players and the fans ever since he arrived at St. James’ Park last May that the way he thinks is just one game at a time.
Many times in press conferences he has refused to even talk or discuss any game but the next one – and it’s all about the next game.
On Friday during his press conference for today’s game at Wolves he said the next game is the most difficult one, because it’s the next one and he gave a wry smile.
Rafa Benitez in training
And the manager has also moved on from the disappointment of failing to sign the two players he wanted in the January transfer window – he’s moved on from that because there’s nothing he can do about it now.
Rafa knows the squad of players he has for the last 17 games of the season and it will take maybe 10 wins or more to secure promotion back to the Premier League.
Rafa is nothing if not pragmatic.
This is what he has said in the Chronicle today:
“It’s important for every one.” “As soon as the window is closed you have to realise you can’t change anything.”
“The only way is to train harder, make sure you are ready and the manager has to pick the team.”
“Everybody has to be as fit as possible for the 17 games you have to play.”
“In terms of having a clear idea of what you have to do as players, manager and fans – is stay behind the team.”
“And be sure that everybody gives everything in every game.”
“We approach one game at a time.”
“After Tuesday we have six days before the next game.” “We have time to recover and we only think of the next one.”
“I am not thinking about Norwich in terms of team selection.”