Rafa Benitez – We Will Show Ambition Tonight Against Forest

Newcastle is in the second round of the League Cup tonight facing an in-form Nottingham Forest side, and Mark Warburton has quickly transformed the team since joining them as manager in March.

Forest have 9 points from their first four league games and registered a good win over Middlesbrough last weekend in the Championship.

Rafa, during his press conference for the game yesterday, said he will again use his squad for these games, but he wants to win every game – and since this is the next match – he wants to get through to the third round tonight.

Rafa Benitez – we will use the quad

But it’s anybody’s guess what team he will play tonight and he could even start players like Jack Colback, who is available for transfer this mo nth.

This is some of what Rafa said as seen on nufcTV:

“It’s like last season, we were talking about every game, and I always say the same – it is one game at a time.”

“In this case, we have a cup competition where we will try to do well – we did well last year.”

“But at the same time, I didn’t lie last year and I will not lie this year – we have to use the squad.”

“Two days after a game, I cannot go and pick the same players, and pick another team two days later that has to win in the league.”

“So, we have to use the squad we have to try and progress. If we can do it, it means we are strong enough to progress in the competition.”

“If we cannot, we cannot.”

“With cup competitions, you have to approach them with ambition, trying to do your best with the squad you have at the moment, and hopefully you can progress.”

“They have changed a lot of things recently – directors, the manager – and they are doing really well.”

“I know the manager. He is a very good manager. They know how to play, and how to put players in the right position in terms of what they want.”

“They will try to play the kind of football they like to play. They will pass the ball, they will be well-organised, and they will press.”

“Maybe they will change some players – like us – but it has to be like this when you have so many games, and so many important games.”

We reached the quarter finals of this competition last season and couldn’t quite beat Hull City to get to the semi-final stage – maybe we can do that this season?

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9 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 23, 2017 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #1

    You going up there tonight.

  • Jib

    Aug 23, 2017 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #2

    The reason for the nonappearance of Siem de Jong becomes clear
    Ajax have agreed with NUFC for his return to Holland


  • Tenbytoon

    Aug 23, 2017 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Such a shame we were all buzzing when de jong arrivedo, should’ve been a star for us, just got unlucky with some freak injuries. But suppose better to sell while you can still get a fee than him get injured again and drain your resources from the sick bed. Wish him all the best if it’s true

  • toontaff2

    Aug 23, 2017 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #4

    Seen enough Championship games, last season. That’s what tonight’s game is – with our back up/U23’s/deadwood!
    Plus, too many turn up late, wrong seats, up and down constantly.
    Doubt there’ll be much above 20,000 there, tonight!

  • hibbit

    Aug 23, 2017 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #5

    i’m going !!!!!

  • toontaff2

    Aug 23, 2017 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #6

    Looks like Rafa’s down to trying to sell the second layer of deadwood, with Riviere, Saivet, Haidara, Krul, Lazaar, Good proving impossible to even give away.
    Colback, Hanley, Jesus, Mitro, De Jong – probably hoping to get enough to buy 1 or even 2 new players.

  • Jib

    Aug 23, 2017 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Lazaar to Bologna is just about a done deal

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 23, 2017 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #8

    Strange about SDJ. Why did he feature so much in pre-season if he was to be sold?

  • young mag from cuckoo land

    Aug 23, 2017 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #9

    Best put in a performance if you wanna show ambition. Best not to loose Rafa.


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