Rafa Explains What Happened At Chelsea And Why Our Players Did Well

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.

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24 comments so far

  • AncientC

    Dec 3, 2017 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #1

    Frank, from earlier. There was an article on The Mag recently, and somebody worked out Ashley’s net spend at the club. It works out as £700,000 spending on playing staff per season.

  • lochinvar

    Dec 3, 2017 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Charlie Austin scores again for Southampton.
    Sounds like the sort of CF we should be linked with ? !

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 3, 2017 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #3

    Never heard of him.

  • Hatem_Indonesia

    Dec 3, 2017 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Blah…blahh….blaaahhhhh… SACK BENITEZ!!!!!!!!!

  • YoungMag :P

    Dec 3, 2017 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #5

    I’m not foolish for defending it.

    I can understand why he chose that squad, all it takes is a brain and some support.

    A full strength team in that formation would be:


    But Rafa doesn’t like mitro and gayle scored last game. Our only natural left backs are either injured or shite (in haidara’s case) so he played Ritchie there.

    Lascelles is injured meaning the only three centre backs we have were all played there including Mbemba which is why he wasn’t at LWB. Then he rested Yedlin and Hayden which is why Diame and manquillo started.

    Then upfront you have the choice of either perez, Murphy or Aarons. Aarons being the one who missed out.

    He’s literally exercising all his options (apart from mitro) yet people are still on his case haha. It’s crazy.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Dec 3, 2017 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #6

    Bournemouth draw or win today we will drop to 15th on goal difference hope this is not the slide in to the bottom three team under us are staring to pick points up now.

  • YoungMag :P

    Dec 3, 2017 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #7

    He could be blamed for not starting Shelvey, since he was rested at West Bromwich, but my guess was that he didn’t want to risk a key player to injury in a game which was practically a loss before it started.

    If he had started with his usual lineup we probably wouldn’t have even scored. We started great until Chelsea woke up.

    Lascelles coming back will be the difference, you’ll see.

  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Dec 3, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Someone who doesn’t know the difference between ‘there’ and ‘their’ or ‘your’ and ‘you’re, and who is seemingly incapable of starting a sentence with a capital letter or ending it with a full stop has the cheek to call someone else ‘thick’.


    He also seems to either have a very bad memory, or is a liar.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 3, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #9

    We’re in a relegation scrap, and as from next week we have two very important and winnable home games, maybe he was resting Shelvey and Hayden, maybe he was experimenting in a game we were unlikely to get something from anyway.
    The major difference was is that they had players who can put a pass on a sixpence and someone on that sixpence who will receive and control it 95% of the time. We have players who will over hit an easy pass 50% of the time and can hit a sixpence even less.

  • Geordie1

    Dec 3, 2017 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Well that scoreline was expected even though we made it tough for them, it was the third goal that killed us as Rafa was about to bring on Shelvey and if it had stayed 2-1 I think the lads may have got something out of the game as Shelvey would have been raring to go but alas this wasn’t to be. Wor team cost a significantly less than what Chelsea bought William for to name just one player our lads are young but relatively inexperienced of playing in the Premier League against a side full of international players, disappointed a little however realistically not a bit.

    ASHLEY OUT!!!!!

  • c-dog

    Dec 3, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #11

    Two winnable games. Wouldn’t go as far as very winnable. Two draws be good results.

  • jane

    Dec 3, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Rafa said (above)

    “This is the Premier League and if we don’t realize it’s going to be like this we will suffer like today.”

    McClaren didn’t realise it whereas Rafa understands the situation. shame some fans don’t! 🙂

  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Don’t you dare pick on Catcheese’
    He’s got dyslexi wotsit you know

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 3, 2017 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #14

    It will be a real shame if Rafa’s love affair with the crowd is tainted because of a rift with a 22 year old kid with tattoos on his neck who has missed more games through suspension than goals scored.

  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2017 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Actually that’s a brilliant moniker
    Cat cheese from Norway
    a bit like them blue parrots

  • YoungMag :P

    Dec 3, 2017 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Well I’ve said all I need to say. I think it’s obvious as to why Rafa chose that squad. I’ve explained it numerous times. So catchy, if you still have a problem with Rafa, then go for it. I personally can’t be arsed to spend anymore time on it. I’m basically just repeating myself now.


    You get it!

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 3, 2017 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #17


    just in case you have been hiding under a rock,

    i have dyslexia, now i’m not sure if you have it or know someone with it, but i can tell you that it’s a huge problem to tell the difference between those words, i can also tell you words that i know i can spell one day the next day could be spelled a whole other way, if you where to see my hand writing, it’s got capital letters in the middle of words at the end of words.

    It’s not something you have a choice about.

    but here watch this https://youtu.be/RVseLzwxceM
    it might help you be more understanding.

  • c-dog

    Dec 3, 2017 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #18

    Given what we’ve spent on players over the last decade, it’s a testament to Allardyce, Keegan, Kinnear, Shearer, Hughton, Pardew, Carver, McClaren, Benitez that we’ve only suffered two relagations

  • YoungMag :P

    Dec 3, 2017 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #19

    Catchy is entitled to his opinion, but there’s no point debating with him. That arrogance is first class.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 3, 2017 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #20

    young mag

    i could say the same, i cannot help if your thick and just don’t understand,

    you defend him then pick a team that would infinitely be better than the one he picked

    Jail, not once have i said i want him to go, i just wish he would pick someone we are all crying out for, at least until and if he is sold in Jan. it makes no sense putting him on the bench and bringing him on for 5 minute cameos. it’s actually taking the psss

  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2017 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #21

    Every year this PL gets a little crazier
    We are now 15th on gd
    But if we won next week and the other results
    went our way we could be 10th

  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Dec 3, 2017 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #22

    Catchy – fair enough, but does the dyslexia make you act in a disrespectful way towards Ed? Or make you name call? Or cause you to forget things that you’ve previously said on here?

  • Ian Toon

    Dec 3, 2017 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #23

    Jail/ Catchy- Face facts and save the blog from the tedium. Disclaimer this is not football related so feel free to skip.

    Petty feuds aside the pair of you have a problem constructing meaning from blog text.
    Comprehension requires two people, the reader and the writer and a process requiring
    decoding / understanding. Simply put an understanding of the blogger’s words and thereafter using ones background acquired knowledge in order to construct an understanding. Rather than banging off an ill thought out response ad nauseous.
    Blogger’s who have problems with decoding have obvious difficulties in interacting when faced with more complex text and subsequently not have the comprehension strategy to interact before, during and after reading.

    As an aid the reading strategy should include questioning and a discerning of what the writer is meaning/ getting at before then factoring in your own understanding or what you already know; thereafter responding. Additionally I have found it is good for literacy development.

    Many on here are inclined to be highly critical of Jib but he is as someone recently said ( and in my opinion ) both entertaining and informative.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 3, 2017 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #24

    Ian Toon

    I couldn’t have put it better myself. 🙂


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