Rafa Motivated By The Challenge At Newcastle And Coaching “Lesser” Players


We have already taken two excerpts from Rafa’s extended interview last week with France Football.

The outlet was intrigued why Rafa had chosen Newcastle United and not a more prosperous and more prominent club after he joined us on March 11th, 2016.

That was following his firing by his hometown club Real Madrid back in January of 2016.

Rafa has worked at some of the top clubs, and he has worked with World Class players like Cristian Ronaldo and Fernando Torres when he was at his very best.

Steven Gerrard was his captain at Liverpool and Steven was one of the best club players ever to play in English football for the way he led his hometown club.

We will never forget how Steven almost single-handedly led the Reds back from a 3-0 scoreline at halftime to win the Champions League on penalties against Milan back in 2005.

Rafa Benitez – with his coaching staff

But back to the present and Rafa was asked how he had dealt with the Championship and with the “lesser” players (they were trying to be polite) at Newcastle:

“I had already experienced similar situations and I had two experiences like this at Extremadura (1997-1999), then Tenerife (200-2001).”

“OK, it was in my early days, but still, I know what it’s like to play and win the lower divisions.”

“In England, many people warned me that summer: ‘Careful, the Championship is very special.’”

“In spite of everything, you have to trust your methods; do not deviate from your plans because you do not succeed immediately.”

“I knew that we had a very good group for this level. But if the players see you panic after results, it can be complicated.”

“Because the Championship is a very hard competition, very physical, and anything can happen. So the best way to keep things under control is to stay on your course.”

“On the training ground, the principles remain the same. What will change, eventually, are your tactics. “

“Whenever you are at Real Madrid or another top club, it’s up to you to play the game, to create situations.”

“When you’re not a top-five team, you’ll play more of a game where you try to stop the opposition a little more.”

“So, we will inevitably work on different blocks, directions of set pieces and different passes. But, apart from this, the methods remain largely similar.”

“Players like to be offered sessions that are rich in terms of how technical they are – so it’s both fun and rewarding.”

“It’s so motivating.”

That sounds like Rafa is even enjoying his time and efforts to build Newcastle into a top club again, with a team that eventually competes in Europe.

Rafa is motivated by the challenge to his coaching skills at Newcastle, but as we know, he’s had very little help or funds from the owner Mike Ashley.

We are hoping – come hell or high water – Rafa Benitez will stay at Newcastle for the long term.

So he will eventually manage a top club and have a great team again.

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21 comments so far

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Jan 27, 2018 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #1

    1st

    1
  • Frank pingles come sock

    Jan 27, 2018 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #2

    What a fantastic shirt this was – see Keegan

    2
  • Frank pingles come sock

    Jan 27, 2018 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Hopefully my new picture gives us luck getting Ashley to Sell in the next few months

    2
  • Jib

    Jan 27, 2018 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Jane
    You are turning into Mr Tuff

    http://www.skysports.com/eredivisie-fixtures

    0
  • NezzaNUFC

    Jan 27, 2018 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Can anyone shed a light on this player?

    Seems similar to Joselu!

    Is he fast, strong, skilled?

    All I know is that he’s tall and can get in some good positions but that’s that!?

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  • Frank pingles come sock

    Jan 27, 2018 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #6

    Would love

    Beat Chelsea 2-1 in cup

    Our of the blue loan signing on deadline day (forward)

    Left back from Bristol signs

    Beat Burnley 2-0

    Tv deal increases (slightly)

    Pcp come back in with increased offer

    Ashley sells

    Summer – invest 100 Million
    Get 5 nice new players and sell some of the dead wood

    New home strip revealed (best one yet)
    Away strips – yellow tops / light blue shirts , yellow / light blue socks

    St James park removes all sports direct logos

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  • Frank pingles come sock

    Jan 27, 2018 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Away strips

    Brazil colours

    Yellow / light blue

    Yellow top
    Light blue shorts (I meant)

    1
  • Frank pingles come sock

    Jan 27, 2018 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #8

    Shearer back as forward coach

    Singing section back

    Followed by safe standing area the season after and make st James park the noisiest in the land again

    3
  • Blaydon-Toon

    Jan 27, 2018 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #9

    Frank have you lost your sock ???

    2
  • Frank pingles come sock

    Jan 27, 2018 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #10

    Nezza – I think he looks average at best

    Would prefer Mitro up front and I don’t particularly rate Mitro much either

    I would like to see someone with premier experience to help us fight relegation

    Gabiadini Southampton loan
    Slimani – loan
    Hernandez – Loan
    Sturridge – loan
    Ings -loan

    Would even take Troy Deeney on loan rather than buy this guy simply for prem experience alone

    2
  • Frank pingles come sock

    Jan 27, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #11

    Just bought 7 new pairs of socks

    Can you not tell how hyper I am

    1
  • Frank pingles come sock

    Jan 27, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #12

    Right that’s me fine for now

    Going to put a sock in it

    1
  • Frank pingles come sock

    Jan 27, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #13

    Done for now I meant

    0
  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 27, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #14

    Frank

    Wouldn’t all of those be absolutely awesome! Sadly I think this may happen. Bruce Springsteen was born to run, NUFC fans are born to suffer

    Beat Chelsea 2-1 in cup X 3-1 loss

    Out of the blue loan signing on deadline day (forward) X Usual January for us with Ashley. Total non event.

    Left back from Bristol signs X He’ll have better options

    Beat Burnley 2-0 X Possible 1-1 draw

    Tv deal increases (slightly) X Could allegedly be as much as 10%

    Pcp come back in with increased offer X That boat has sailed

    Ashley sells X Not happening

    Summer – invest 100 Million X Hahahahahaha

    Get 5 nice new players and sell some of the dead wood X ditto

    New home strip revealed (best one yet) . NOT FUSSED

    Away strips – yellow tops / light blue shirts , yellow / light blue socks NOT FUSSED

    St James park removes all sports direct logos X Would love it but we’re seemingly stuck with Ash for the foreseeable

    1
  • Frank pingles come sock

    Jan 27, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #15

    I love Socker

    1
  • Frank pingles come sock

    Jan 27, 2018 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #16

    Rotonda – come on I’ve just told you my new Keegan picture will bring us luck

    Haha

    Ok – I will charge mine to

    Lose at Chelsea (but the rest to remain)

    I do agree yours looks most likely

    0
  • Frank pingles come sock

    Jan 27, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #17

    If we all fill our socks tonight – dreams can and will come true

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  • Hodge

    Jan 27, 2018 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #18

    Jib
    Like your style and often thought provoking. Rarely get it wrong these days.
    But It was not a massacre. The truth about the Massacre of Glencoe was that the Campbell’s got most of them to safety.
    Like to see you incorporating ” Do you concur” following any brief response. That is in response to the mindless types promoting their legal, negotiating, finding fault for the sake of it types. Those that couldn’t negotiate their way out of a wet paper bag.
    Like me correcting the tiresome boring hibbit. Lee Charnley is the NUFC managing director.

    Robin Van Persie signed for Feyenoord a few days ago.

    Finally, I hope Rafa fields a strong lineup at Chelsea. They are really struggling at the moment both on and off the field and this has got to be a great opportunity to get into 5th round then with a squad supplemented by a few more signings. fancy a cup run which could have a great boost to confidence going forward in league. Let’s be more positive at home wish the fans would get totally behind the team. At away games we do.

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  • Jib

    Jan 27, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #19
  • Jib

    Jan 27, 2018 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #20

    It looks like Van Brockhorst is resigned to losing
    his number 9

    https://www.telegraaf.nl/sport/1594223/feyenoord-speurt-markt-af-voor-vervanger-jorgensen

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  • Bianconeri

    Jan 27, 2018 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #21

    @ Hodge with you mentioning Glencoe It reminded me of many a time spent up their cycling and walking.Always stayed in The Clachaig Inn.A sign on the door said No Campbells and No Dogs 🙂
    Beautiful place.

    I hope we are not sitting glued to here and Sky @ 10-55 pm on wednesday biting our nails hoping for a striker

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