Newcastle fans wanted a win in our last game at home to second-bottom Bournemouth to get the points on the board.
And that’s because by the end of this year we will have played some of the top teams like Manchester United (a), Chelsea (a) Arsenal (a), and Manchester City (h).
Rafa seems very confident about his team, but he wants that confidence transferred to his players, so they go into every game thinking (knowing) they are good enough to win it.
Even though we have lost our last two games, Newcastle have made a good start to the Premier League with 14 points from our first 11 games and a goal difference of zero having scored 10 goals and conceded 10 goals.
Rafa has the team playing well and very organized, but we are still making too many mistakes.
Rafa Benitez – confident about his players
That’s probably because our players are young and still learning about the unforgiving Premier League.
This is what a confident Rafa Benitez has said in the Chronicle today about his young team:
“Every year is different. People compare the stats year on year and it’s fine.”
“Maybe you see a tendency about how difficult the league is or how many points you need.”
“But in this case the Premier League is getting stronger and stronger so maybe we have done even better to get those points?”
“Listen: I know we have to play against all the top sides before the end of this part of the season. That is why I have said before ‘In January, we will know where we are’.”
“I’m sure we will be stronger in terms of the understanding between players and how we will do things in the second half of the league.”
“But you can be really good against the top sides and still lose.”
“The main thing is to get the points and to realize that when you make mistakes – like we did the other day – we have to find solutions.”
“Me? I have the confidence that we will do it but the players have to too.”
“I said to the players the other day ‘Listen, if we are at the bottom of the table we still have to stay calm and keep working hard because we have shown already we can beat anyone.’”
“We are a young team, learning and the way that we work I am confident that we will do even better.”
Here’s where we are in the league, and by the end of this year if we are still in 11th place we will be very happy – thank you very much indeed!
What do you think?