Newcastle Star Issues Rallying Cry – We Have To Keep A Level Head And Improve In Every Game

Matt Ritchie is an excellent example of a player Rafa Benitez loves to train.

He is talented, disciplined and has a yearning to become a much better player at Newcastle.

Matt’s also positive, but with his feet firmly on the ground and of course he’s a hugely popular player with the fans and works his socks off for the team in every game he plays.

Matt has started all 11 league games this season, and we have made a good start to the season with a decent 14 points out of the first 11 games.

Matt Ritchie – we must keep improving

Matt has talked to the Chronicle today:

“It’s a tough question to say whether we would have taken this at the start of the season or not,”

“It’s football, and you always want more, both personally and for the team. Everyone wants more, everyone wants to keep striving, and everyone wants to get better.”

“If we were sitting in third in the league, we would still want to get better and we’d still want to improve.”

“We are where we are, and we need to continue to improve and raise the bar. We need to continue to create chances, and continue to defend well and press well.”

“We need to continue to have a good shape and be compact, all the small things that we work on during the week.”

“We have to get better at all of those things, and if we continue to do that, we will be picking up points.”

“We have to keep a level head,” “If we had have scored at the other end in the 90th minute and won 1-0, I’m sure all the conversations would have been very different.”

“That’s what the Premier League is. It’s tight margins, and we know that.”

“The manager knows that too, and with the experience he has, there’s probably no better person for us to be listening to.”

“He knows, and he tells us all the time, that it’s a long race and you can never be too high or never be too low.”

“We just have to continue to try to get better and with that, we’ll be picking up points.”

“It’s a big game, but they’re all big games – whether it’s Manchester United or whoever. This league is tough.”

“It’s going to be a tough game.”

Newcastle are in just a little bit of an uncomfortable situation at the moment after losing both of our last two games 1-0 to Burnley and Bournemouth – two games we could have won with better defending.

And now we have Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon, and we have won only 3 times there since the second world war ended – as pointed out today in the Chronicle.

Yes – it will be a tough game, but it would be unbelievable if we can win on Saturday.

But I’m up for miracles these days, and if we play at our very best and the defense is strong it’s possible.

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6 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 16, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #1

    I’ll spare the repost.

  • Veltman

    Nov 16, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Jail – when I saw Mr Tuff return yesterday,
    I thought things and the place look greener.I guess not.

  • Spoof

    Nov 16, 2017 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #3

    I think that the only reason Rafa didn’t leave in the summer was because he knew that Ashley was preparing the club to be sold, I think that it was Barnes who blocked last January’s deals for McCarthy and Townsend.and it was Barnes who limited the budget in the summer and I think he done all that to make the club look attractive when the due diligence process was being carried out, without the expected sale of the club I think Rafa would be gone.

  • posada

    Nov 16, 2017 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Handy Mandy is simply a Stalking Horse.
    Brought in by MA to try and flush out a bidder.
    If it works PCP Capital Partners will get a commission from our illustrious owner.

    Sorry, but that is what my sources are telling me.
    So far, nothing doing.
    By January we will be back to square one. Snafu.

  • toonincheek

    Nov 16, 2017 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #5

    Jail – from previous thread, you said:
    “He had no obligation to stay after he got us promoted.”

    My understanding is that there is a breakl-contract clause
    that effectively means Rafa would have to buy himself out
    of his contract.

    Unless, of course, he had been LIED to.
    But being misled does not amount to being lied to.

    So, it seems to me that he had either an obligation to stay
    or an obligation to buy out his contract.

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 16, 2017 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #6

    he is a real leader on and off the pitch.


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