We knew Rafa Benitez though that Chris Hughton was a good manager as do Newcastle fans after Chris brilliantly got us promoted at the first attempt with 102 points back in the 2009-2010 season.
Rafa Benitez repeated that feat last season in what was a much more competitive Championship because of the big money now available in the Premier League.
And both managers seem to like each other although once the game gets underway tomorrow at St. James’ Park it will be serious business on the touchline for both managers.
Chris Hughton – at Stamford Bridge
At Rafa’s press conference this afternoon Rafa talked about the opposing manager:
“Chris Hughton is a great person, a great manager.” He is doing a very good job. We know Brighton are dangerous.”
“My concern is to be sure that we approach the game with the belief we can win. If we win, my next press conference will be easier. If we don’t, we have to carry on.”
“The message is clear.”
“We will try to score goals tomorrow and try to play at the level we did at West Ham and when we were doing well.”
“You have to change tactics against different teams. We know what we have to do.”
“The reaction of the fans, it’s clear they know all the players are giving everything. It’s crucial we have the fans behind us.”
“You can say what you want about our fans, but they are supporting us and are trying to help the team.”
“Our fans know these players care. That is the way – stay united – and be together. Happy New Year.”
“Feliz año nuevo!”
“Feliz año nuevo – Happy New Year in Spanish of course.
We need a good win to finish off the year well – we need all 3 points tomorrow.
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