When Rafa Benitez came in to manage Newcastle in our relegation crisis last year, he kept saying we must all stay calm.
It doesn’t help when people overreact to one or two poor results.
Rafa has today talked about the upcoming Premier League season and shares the same philosophy that we must not over react when things are going badly but also not react too much either if things start to go well.
“We” in this case being the players and the supporters alike.
Keeping an evil keel through what is a tough and challenging Premier League season is what Rafa always wants to do.
Here’s how he explained that as reported in the Chronicle:
“I am analyzing my squad and analyzing the other teams also, and I have more or less the same idea that I had before. It depends on how we will work during the season.”
“The difference between seventh and eighth was about 15 points last year, so there was a big gap between seventh and eighth and a lot of teams in the same pack, the same group.”
“If you do well, you can be here [indicating the top of that group] and it will be a fantastic season; or you can be here [indicating the bottom of the group] doing more or less the same.”
“Maybe a couple of games can make a big difference.”
“We have to be sure that we have this feeling and this conviction that we need to keep going until the end.”
“I told you last year, we finished strongly, we won three games at the end in a row and we were Champions.”
“So this year if we make a couple of mistakes and we lose some games in a row and everybody is panicking, we have less chance to achieve what we want to achieve.”
“If you are calm and you keep working, then I am sure in the end we will be stronger and stronger.”
“Does stronger mean that we can be in the top four?”
“No, I’m not saying that.”
Those are savvy words coming from Rafa who has experience in management going back over 20 years and experience in coaching going back a further 10 years before that.
So Rafa knows what he’s talking about …..