Rafa Benitez is a character in the football world, and it’s not surprising the TV have Newcastle playing on live TV a lot of times this season.
Rafa is one of those managers I loved to watch on the sidelines – he is unique and of course one of the world’s best tacticians.
His game plan worked great for 30 minutes on Saturday before Manchester United started to get on top and then we weren’t in the game and lost 4-1.
We have another difficult game coming up at Stamford Bridge a week on Saturday, and hopefully, we will be better in that game for the full 90 minutes.
Jose Mourinho – went out of his way to praise Rafa
Jose Mourinho went out of his way to compliment Rafa many times, and of course, Rafa is well respected in the football world.
His press conference after the game showed a calm, steady and even upbeat Rafa take the questions and dish out the answers.
He succinctly summed up the game in about three sentences and it’s no wonder the press like him.
And when asked about Jose’s praise this is what the manager said as reported in the Chronicle:
“That is fine, but it doesn’t change anything.”
“My feeling is that we did really well for 30 minutes, but we knew we could lose even if we were doing well. “
“That is what happened.”
“The ambition remains to stay up and try to be as high in the table as possible.”
We are still 11th in the league table after our biggest defeat this season.