Rafa Benitez expects a tough game this afternoon against fellow relegation fighters Swansea City who are a full 6 points behind Newcastle.
But there could be signs of revival with Carlos Carvalhal having replaced Paul Clement as the manager of the Swans.
Swansea have won 2-1 at Watford and lost 2-0 at home to Tottenham since Carlos took over – 3 points from two league games so the game will not be easy this afternoon.
Rafa Benitez – Swansea are hard to break down
At his press conference yesterday Rafa Benitez said he expected a tough game with Swansea and that he expected them to be well organized:
“It’s a long season. We have to carry on winning games if we want to be sure that we achieve what we want to achieve – it’s not just for a couple of games.”
“It’s good for the mood, but now we have an important game and we have to be sure that the team approaches the game with the same mentality we did in the last games.”
“They have a new manager, and in the last games that we have seen, they are quite organized, quite disciplined in defense and hard to break down.”
“I think it’s important that we don’t lose the game, but approach it with the mentality that we have to get three points and we have to win.”
“But it’s not a team that are giving up already and think that they are relegated – no chance.”
“They are working hard, doing well, and it will be a tough game for us.”
“I think Jamaal is important for us, not just because he has scored some important goals.”
“He’s the captain, he’s a leader, he’s working very hard and a good example for everyone.”
“We have Gamez, Lejeune and Mitrovic out – Mitro has been running today.”
“These three are not available, but Mitrovic is closer.”
Rafa said the club was working hard on transfers and were actively talking to agents but there was no news to report on that front.