Rafa seemed very centered in his press conference today and is determined to keep the good results flowing at Newcastle.
But he did mention how things were really upbeat after two good wins in the last two league games.
There is a danger of being over-confident by the players, and he is anxious to guard against that.
In mid-week Newcastle’s captain, Jamaal Lascelles seemed to hit the nail on the head by saying Newcastle have set the standard in the last two games and simply had to maintain that level of performance from now on.
Rafa Benitez – issues a caution on over-confidence
A confident and fit looking, Rafa Benitez, was back in the saddle today – so to speak – and this is some of what he had to say at his press conference:
“I was trying to come back but I was not feeling well. I was in contact with my staff and they told me everything is in place.”
“We won so everything is fine and I’m here talking, so it is good. I was trying to come back but I was not feeling well. I was in contact with my staff and they told me everything is in place.
“I was on the sofa taking notes and shouting. I was confident because the staff were telling me everything was going according to plan.”
“Jamaal Lascelles was saying we have set the standard. Every player has to work hard and we can win against anyone if we do what we have done.”
“I think it’s important to stay calm when things are right or when they are not. It is three points and another opportunity to do well. We have to be sure we don’t have overconfidence.”
“Stoke City is a good team, they have good balance. They are good in defense, have pace in attack and an experienced manager.”
Good teams produce their best or near their best in every game, and that’s what’s net for Newcastle.
If we can maintain the form of the last two games, we will win more games than we will lose and we could shock a lot of people this season.