Rafa has a difficult job this season to keep Newcastle United in the Premier League and while we hope he can get reinforcements brought in during the January transfer window, the players he has at the moment are those he will rely on to keep Newcastle in the top flight.
We saw yesterday against a top side like Chelsea it was difficult to match them however well organized and motivated our players were for the game.
But while we did well yesterday for most of the time there were three mistakes that led to the three Chelsea goals and Rafa knows the team can improve.
The good news is that we could have all three injured players back for the vital home game against Leicester City next Saturday afternoon with Jamaal Lascelles, Christian Atsu and Paul Dummett all probably fit to be included in the squad for that game.
Rafa Benitez – we did well
Rafa was asked yesterday after the game if there was anything we could have done differently that could have made a difference in the game.
This is what he answered that as reported in the Chronicle:
“You can stop them if you do things a little better.”
“But it’s still very difficult because they have players that can beat your team in one-on-one situations.”
“Then you have to have cover and you leave other players free and when you press high they run behind.”
“Chelsea have the width too. They’re a very good team that are competing for the title.”
“It’s obvious that they are one of the teams that will be there in the top three.”
“But we did well – it was just a pity we couldn’t keep the scoreline the way it was for a while.”
“I don’t think about two games. I just think about the next one, that’s it.”
“The main thing is always the next game.”
“This is the Premier League and if we don’t realize it’s going to be like this we will suffer like today.”
Newcastle now have two home games coming up with Leicester City next Saturday afternoon – KO 5:30pm – followed by Everton the following Wednesday night – KO 7:45pm.
We need to get some points out of those two games before we visit Arsenal on the following Saturday 16th December – KO 3:00pm.