Rafa Responds To Negative Criticism – Explains Strengths Of Newcastle Side


Rafa Benitez is very pragmatic, and he wants to win every single game that Newcastle play and his match plan always reflects that goal.

But in the last two games, Newcastle have been accused of being a bit boring and even defense-minded, and the games against Crystal Palace and Burnley were not particularly good games to watch.

Rafa seems to bristle at the thought that Newcastle are a boring defensive side, and he says what we are is organized and disciplined rather than boring.

Rafa knows the strengths and limitations of his Newcastle side and of course, he has to take that into account as he tries to rack up the wins as the season progresses.

Rafa Benitez – thinking about his match plan against Bournemouth

And if Newcastle are doing well in games, the next step from Geordie fans is always to say yes – that’s good – but we need to play more entertaining football.

It must be in the DNA.

Rafa was asked if he is a defense-minded coach and this is how he responded to that question:

“I don’t agree with that.”

“People used to say when I was at Liverpool ‘oh, he’s defensive’. No, we’re not defensive, we’re well-organized. That’s different.”

“We attack and we create. We had 12 attempts versus Burnley. But we also defend well. We have good balance and organization.”

“We don’t go away to think about a draw. We always want to win. But it depends on the players that you have.”

“Sometimes, with teams in Europe, you see the players coming from the bench costing more than those on the pitch.”

“That means they have different tools. We have a team who work together very well.”

“If you say ‘you have to be more attractive’, maybe we’d be conceding goals all the time.”

“We have balance. I don’t think we’re a boring team.’

‘I don’t pay too much attention to those who say we are.”

Good words there from the manager and a win today will raise the spirits of Newcastle fans everywhere over the International break.

We need that win today.

Howay The Lads!!

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9 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 4, 2017 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #1

    I would prefer a goal frenzy, but a well organised win is a must. Not a slip through the fingers, unfortunate, well played loss.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 4, 2017 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #2

    Enjoy the game today and your ad redirects!

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  • Spoof

    Nov 4, 2017 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #3

    We are boring mind, so far when I’ve been watching us it has been a difficult watch, if it was any other side than us I would have switched it off, I only kept watching because it is us, Burnley was was probably the worst this season, the worst of a very bad bunch, however in fairness to Rafa he has got to set us up in a manner which gives us the best chance of getting results, and I honestly believe that he is doing an incredible job with what he has at his disposal, what a shame he didn’t get his summer targets because a little bit more quality going forward with the organisation at the back would be good to watch.

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  • lochinvar

    Nov 4, 2017 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #4

    If Conte leaves Chelsea then he could go to West Ham with Bilic being exiled to Sunderland. That should settle down the Journos touting that West Ham want Rafa.
    Who Chelsea go for is anyone’s guess but seeing Allardyce there would be so refreshing although lots of prawns might be spat out of sandwiches at Stamford Bridge.

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  • Jib

    Nov 4, 2017 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Spoof
    We are boring mind
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    I disagree
    .
    Comments like that say more about the watcher than the watched
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    So we are not a ” jump out of your seat very few seconds” side but
    you don’t go from that , straight to boring.
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    Some folks should just stick to highlights

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  • toontaff2

    Nov 4, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #6

    Jesper, are we boring to watch? 👿

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  • lochinvar

    Nov 4, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #7

    Spoof – not long to January so will be interesting to see how we play the matches in the meantime. I don’t feel that we really did enough to get wins at Hiddersfield, Brighton or Burnley but in each of those games it was the opposition who stole Rafas plan for the the single goal needed to break the chess match. So maybe just three points lost but lost opportunity to collect say 5 points which would have been useful and Rafa knows it . More importantly the players who should be contributing those goals Gayle and Joselu are notable for not yet doing do. I would expect that Mitro needs to at least be on the bench today and if not then I’m puzzled as to what Rafa proposes.

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  • ToonBuz

    Nov 4, 2017 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #8

    I am really enjoying watching our games under Rafa I think the man is by far the best manager we have ever had. He is a tactical genius to get us where we are with the players we have is unbelievable. I think we will do better against the better sides as we can counter attack. The games we have lost have mainly to teams who have set up similar to us.

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  • Geordie-john

    Nov 4, 2017 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #9

    HERE WE GO AGAIN, The so called managers amongst the crowd are starting to criticise one of the best managers on the planet never mind the premier league. He is at our club you idiots !
    Drink less before the game so you can maybe understand what Rafa is trying to do with what he has available, Thanks to Mr Cashley’s behaviour AGAIN ! Give him support as the majority of us do. Not Criticism !

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