Rafa’s mantra in football is to take one game at a time and that’s what he did last year in steering Newcastle to finish as Champions of the Championship and automatic promotion.
Obviously, he wants to do the same thing in the Premier League and after losing our first two league games we have won the last three and have 9 points from our first five games.
Newcastle are in 4th position in the Premier League at the time of writing.
Jamaal Lascelles after scoring winner this afternoon
But there are teams below us who still have to play this weekend.
Rafa was calm and collected after the game today and said he wasn’t interested in the Premier League table.
Rafa had this to say after the 2-1 win at home to Stoke today:
“I haven’t seen the table and I don’t want to see the table, believe me.
“I said one game at a time, and now is to be sure the fans enjoy.”
“We have to enjoy but we have to be sure the next training session we will start correcting things and improving things and doing things the way we are at the moment.”
“We knew before the game it was a difficult game,”
“We have to approach the game with the mentality we did; working very hard.”
“We wanted to be strong in defense and create something in attack. It was not easy sometimes because they are a good team.”
“We had chances to finish the game early and they had a chance. That is football.”
“We have to learn in the Premier League you cannot make too many mistakes or you will pay for that.”
“At the same time, when you are winning, you can correct things and it will be easier for me to pass on the message.”