It’s interesting to compare the prices of the two teams playing yesterday at Stamford Bridge.
The Chronicle is reporting Newcastle’s team cost £72M to assemble while compared to way over £300M for the Chelsea players.
That was mentioned during the TV broadcast yesterday and shows how money in today’s football is king.
Rafa has talked about the best six teams in England being those with the highest wage bills, and he’s right.
While Newcastle played yesterday with good organization and spirit at Stamford Bridge, there was a (vast) difference in class which showed up after we went ahead in the game and gave Chelsea a 3-1 win and it could have been more.
Rafa Benitez – frustrated with lack of support
But it was three clear defensive errors that led to the three Chelsea goals and Rafa has to try to get our players to cut these out since it’s cost us many points over the last four games when we have conceded a massive 12 goals.
Easier said than done of course.
Rafa was asked if lack of confidence is a problem for the Newcastle players and this is how he answered that:
“No, it’s a problem with the level of the Premier League.” “You could see the team working really hard.”
“You could see the team were still trying as they forced two corners towards the end when it was 3-1.”
“But that is the Premier League.”
“I am not really concerned about anything apart from improvement with the players that I have at this time, that’s it.”
“I didn’t realize anything (Chelsea fans jeering), I was just concentrating on the game.”
Rafa must be feeling a little frustrated that he has not been backed in the last two transfer windows by owner Mike Ashley and now he has a team that could struggle to survive in the Premier League.
We spent around £19M net this year on players – that’s chicken feed in today’s game, and that doesn’t buy you many class players.
Rafa is now meeting other world-class managers in the Premier League like Antonio Conte, and he probably has the weakest side he has managed since he took over at Valencia way back in 2001.
One point in the last six games is worrying, and we are hoping for a win soon.
But our next two games are against Leicester City at home and Everton away and will be difficult with both sides coming into some good form.
Then we are at Arsenal.