Rafa Benitez has lots of Premier League experience with Liverpool where he was for six seasons from 2004, and he also took over at Chelsea in late 2012 and won the Europa League for them in the seven months he was there.
But Chelsea fans didn’t like Rafa too much and ensured he didn’t stay at Stamford Bridge.
So whatever Rafa says about the Premier League and football, in general, comes with massive experience.
After the game yesterday at Huddersfield when there was little to choose between the sides, but we lost our second successive game 1-0, Rafa says the team is on a steep learning curve.
In a way, we suppose that’s good because it means he expects Newcastle to get better – a lot better.
It also means we are a long way from competing in England’s top league.
Newcastle has to get a win in the league sooner rather than later, and maybe we can do that next Saturday at home to West Ham who’ve also lost their first two league games.
Rafa Benitez before the game yesterday
Rafa was asked if his concerns about the transfers this summer at Newcastle are now showing through and this is what he said as reported in the Chronicle:
“Maybe. It is a learning process, and we have to learn quickly.”
“Maybe it is too soon for us. It will take some time for sure.”
“We have three injuries, and it is not easy to manage when you have three injuries in defense.”
“That makes things more difficult, but it is the Premier League and we have to learn.”
“I could say we deserved to get something, but my experience in the Premier League is that you have to take your chances because if you make mistakes, you will pay for them.”
“It is a learning process for us, and hopefully we can learn quickly.”
“That is how it is at the moment.”
We were hoping Newcastle would have a reasonable season in mid-table this term.
It’s going to be very difficult if we are fighting relegation once again but we think Rafa can get the best out of whatever players we end up with in the squad at the end of the month.
We have enormous faith in Rafa’s management and coaching abilities.