Rafa Benitez has not given up his complete focus on winning games and as long as the season continues that will continue to be his mantra – we must win the next game.
And he’s a man who always wants to improve himself and takes it as part of his job that he has to improve every player he coaches each season.
Newcastle are in a poor patch of results at the moment having gained only 8 points from our last six games.
Rafa Benitez – staying focused
That has allowed Chris Hughton’s Brighton to take a 2 points lead at the top of the Championship and if we are to be the Champions it means Newcastle must start winning games, starting with Leeds United at home tomorrow night.
This is what Rafa has said today as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“How many managers at this stage of the season would be preparing for the next season five years ago? Maybe 80%.”
“How many managers now? Probably 50%. Football has changed so much.” “It is important to keep doing your job.”
“You have to keep doing your job for the future, but you must concentrate on this game, this week.”
“Why? Because if you start thinking too much about the future you lose your focus.” “We have to go out and we have to win.”
“Then we have plenty of time to prepare for the future.” “We have to do the right things.”
“Everything is different this season – tactics, PR, man management, everything. Tactics obviously have to be different.”
“I have not had a situation like this for years with so many games.” “We are up against direct teams, passing teams, three at the back, five at the back.”
“Eight at the back! I have had to adapt to different tactics.” “Every week, twice a week, you have to adapt and change.”
“And you do not have a lot of time to prepare the way you really want. Ideally, you want one week, but that is impossible now.”
“I have not really changed the way I work. It is similar. The difference is it is more squeezed with so many games.”
After the shock defeat at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday when we were second best, it will be a test for our players to come out tomorrow and show some skill and flair and win the game.
That will almost guarantee promotion, but they will have to do it without top scorer Dwight Gayle, who is out with another hamstring injury.
We hope Newcastle don’t just limp over the finish line this season to automatic promotion.
It would be great to finish it off in style, which means winning the last five games or close to it.
Howay The Lads!!
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