Rafa Benitez will have his hands full these next three days preparing the team for what is a crucial home league game on Wednesday night against Burnley.
We were well beaten 3-0 at Stamford Bridge yesterday in the FA Cup 4th round, and while we played well in the first 30 minutes, Newcastle fell apart once Chelsea went 2-0 up just before halftime.
But we don’t play Chelsea every week, so there’s hope.
Rafa Benitez – preparing the team for Burnley game
Rafa has talked about what his priorities are before Wednesday night as reported in the Shields Gazette today:
“I think our fans are very clever.”
“They know what’s going on, and I want to make sure I don’t let them down, so I want to keep going, because I’m a professional and I want to do well.”
“We have to be sure that everyone has the same message, the same ideas, and that we are all on the same page.”
“We have to keep working hard. I will keep working as hard. I’m working now with all my staff and all my players to improve the team.”
“Until the 31st, I have to give my confidence,”
“No, we didn’t have time (to talk to Charnley yesterday). We were just concentrating on the (Burnley) game.”
“I just have to be worried about Burnley – and that’s it,”
Let’s hope that Ashley and Charnley can come through and show some ambition with two or three players signed in the final three days of the transfer window.
That’s what we need but the players have to be good ones.