Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has often said he is not that surprised that Newcastle are struggling, and on September 1st he expected periods like this when we are finding it (very) difficult to pick up points.
And Ayoze Perez has mirrored those comments in his interview in the local papers today.
Ayoze talks about the really difficult game at Chelsea on Saturday when perhaps we were a little lucky to get away with only a 3-1 defeat.
Rafa was hoping to give Chelsea a game on Saturday but after going ahead 1-0 with a good goal from Dwight Gayle – Chelsea raised their play by about three gears, and it was difficult to hold them.
But Rafa wants Newcastle to be competitive in every single game this season, and that looks a little doubtful now – at least against the best six sides in the Premier League.
Newcastle fans – so important right now
Ayoze has talked about the games and knows the side must improve if we are to hold onto our Premier League status this season – which is job one:
“It’s hard to play against Chelsea, just like it was hard to play against Manchester United the other week.”
“Two of the best teams in the world and that is why they are where they are in the table, that is why they are in with a good chance of winning the league.”
“It is always tough to play against these kind of teams and you have to do a lot of things well, not make mistakes.”
“Then if you also have a bit of luck, maybe you can get a good result, but it is a very hard thing to do.”
“We knew there might be periods like this but it has gone on too long now.”
“When we were winning, we knew a bad moment could come because it is a tough league.”
“It is not such a bad situation that we have to say we’re panicking but we have to realize that we have to start winning now.”
“Otherwise it’s going to get very tough for us.”
A win would do wonders for us against Leicester City this coming Saturday, and then another win against an improving Everton side on the following Wednesday would be fantastic.
But both sides are now playing well so it will be difficult to get points out of these games.
But it’s also possible if we correct things at the back and keep the work-rate and enthusiasm of our players at the very highest level.
One thing that has always set Newcastle part as a club are the fans.
While we thought this season would be a good one for us and we would finish mid-table that may not happen now.
But our fans, as always, can be a massive plus in the next two home games and in every game this season.
We have to help Rafa as much as we can to keep Newcastle in the Premier League by next May.
Let’s try to stay positive – even though it can be difficult.
Amanda – where are you?
Howay The Lads!!