Ayoze Perez has told the Chronicle that it was Rafa Benitez himself who gave the team talk before the game against Swansea on Sunday, and he gave it from his home in the Wirral.
That was after he had decided he couldn’t make it by helicopter to the game after his family and doctors had finally persuaded him not to travel to the match.
That is typical of Rafa Benitez of course, and it all worked out so well with our players again playing their hearts out for the cause.
You cannot ask more than that.
Ayoze Perez – manager gave team talk before the game
And as well as giving the team talk before the game Rafa was on the phone with the coaches throughout the game which ended up in a great 1-0 win for us – our second win in succession.
Rafa explained the game-plan in detail before the match and also started five Spanish players – Manquillo, Merino, Gamez, Joselu, and Perez.
This is what Ayoze has told the Chronicle today:
“Even though we did not have our manager with us, we tried to make it as normal as we could.”
“He wasn’t able to be here, but even if he had been here, it would still have been tough. We knew what we had to do, and we did it well.”
“We had a little conversation before the match, where he was saying some key things. Then after that, the rest of the staff did great work. They made sure that we controlled everything.”
“It was a massive result for us, and we were really pleased to be able to get the three points. It was a nice evening for us, and now we can get back home and recover.”
“We have two wins a row, and the most important thing is that we are still working on what we have to do. We know the mentality we have to have, and that is important.”
“The results are going to give us some confidence, and now we are playing at home in front of our fans, which is always great. We will see what happens then.”
“Personally, it is really good because I am Spanish, but it is important that we all do the right job no matter where we are from. If we get results, then it doesn’t matter where you are from.
“At the end, you have to be a team as much as you can, and work for each other.“Even though we not have our manager with us, we tried to make it as normal as we could.”
“Personally, it is really good (5 Spaniards started) because I am Spanish, but it is important that we all do the right job no matter where we are from.”
If we get results, then it doesn’t matter where you are from.” “At the end, you have to be a team as much as you can, and work for each other.
We are hoping Rafa is fit enough to travel to Newcastle today to start to get the team ready for the home game against Stoke City on Saturday.
Maybe we can make it three wins in a row?
Since we have a world class manager in charge there’s no reason we cannot do that.
Howay The Lads!!