Rafa Benitez has never been one to look for excuses, and since he’s been at Newcastle, he does an excellent job after every game of analyzing what happened.
He points out the good and the bad for Newcastle and how events changed the game – either for us or against us.
He’s an extremely successful manager and leader and doesn’t look for excuses.
Rafa will now buckle down with his players and try to use his new squad of 24 to get the 16 points we need from the remaining 13 games to secure safety.
Rafa Benitez – good shot of him in training
We may need a few points more than 40, depending on how some of the other teams perform.
But we must start winning games – that’s the key.
This is what Rafa has said as reported in the Chronicle today:
“I think it’s important for the players and at the same time for the players, staff, and fans.”
“Everybody here needs to know this is the team now until the end of the season, and that’s it.” “Especially for the players, though.”
“When some of them aren’t playing too much and have offers from other clubs it is a time when they aren’t focused.”
“Now everybody knows.”
“The first thing we did when the transfer window closed was have a meeting and we said: ‘Listen – this is the squad and you have to compete.’”
“We can’t make excuses now or be thinking about other people coming in.” “Forget that.”
“Everybody has to concentrate and give their very best.”
Good words there from the manager.
Howay THe Lads!!