Rafa Benitez has given his press conference for the vital game at Selhurst Park on Sunday against fellow strugglers Crystal Palace who have 2 points more than us and one place above us in the Premier League.
So a win can see us go ahead of Palace in the league table.
Rafa Benitez – at his press conference
Rafa has said Slimani has been training and his thigh injury is only slight and he could be available to play against Crystal Palace.
That’s good news but he will not be risked if not 100%.
Here are some of the initial comments from Rafa:
“Slimani has been working with the physios and we will see if he is available tomorrow. We have another training session.”
“I will not waste too much time or not on that (the window). The key is we have three new players, we moved six players out, and now this squad know their future is here.”
“The atmosphere is relaxed and now the players know it depends on them and us to win games”
“There are five points between 10th and bottom. It’s very close down there. Even if you draw a game you know the next game could see you move ahead.”
“Diame’s played well for two or three games. He gives us energy and he’s clever the way he understands what you ask him to do.”
“Crystal Palace are a good team with very good players. It is a difficult stadium and a difficult place to get points.”
“But we must have confidence we can do it. It is very close at the bottom and for us it is another challenge to survive”