Rafa Benitez is trying to keep his players concentrating on the game at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.
After getting a good point on Sunday at Southampton, we would do well to pick up all 3 points at home to Palace in front of a sellout crowd of over 52,000 at St. James’ Park
And it will be interesting see if Amanda Staveley will be at the game with news today she is willing to pay £300M for the club with £150M available over the next two years for player investment.
But Benitez must keep the players focused and keep picking up the points.
And then if we do have a new owner by the end of the year – who knows – we could do very well indeed in the Premier League this season.
Rafa Benitez – concentrating on next game
This is what Rafa has said in the Chronicle today when asked about all the rumors surrounding a possible Newcastle sale:
“I try to concentrate on football.” “And I think that is the best way.” “People can talk about all of these things that are happening, but for us every training session is similar.”
“We don’t have any influence from the outside.” “When we approach each game we are thinking about football.”
“That is the main thing.” “The problem is you can’t control what is going on outside.”
“Especially now with social media – it is almost impossible.” “It is almost impossible to stop players from tweeting or people talking about anything.”
“Even when people create their own stories, you can’t stop that (Rafa – honestly – I’m innocent!) .”
“So we have to be sure that your team and that the people who are working with you understand the only way to be successful is to concentrate on your football.”
“That’s what we are trying to do.”
That’s a great message from the gaffer.
Rafa’s as good as any manager in keeping his players’ feet firmly on the ground and just concentrating on the next game.
We’ll be disappointed if we cannot pick up all 3 points against bottom of the table Crystal Palace on Saturday.
These are the games we must win.