Rafa Benitez has said many many times that how you train is how you play, and his training sessions are always serious, but he makes them interesting and fun at the same time.
When Mo Diame joined us for £4.5M from Hull 18 months ago fans thought he would be a good buy but it;’s only now that he is playing at his best.
Mo has been outstanding as the holding midfielder in the Newcastle side, and it’s given the team a lift in performances – if not in results.
And Diame, who has given up International football to prolong his Newcastle career, has simply taken the advice of his manager and has been working extra hard in training.
Mo Diame – after scoring on Sunday
Mo has been interviewed in the Shields Gazette and was asked what has changed:
“Nothing, just the work.” “I’ve been working hard to get back to the player I want to be. That’s it, just the work.” “Of course, it’s what I want to do and what I have to do.”
“If Newcastle signed me, it was to have this kind of performance, so it’s important to show I can stay at this level or give more.” “It’s always great to score goals, so yes, it’s a great feeling,”
“But it would be better if we won this game. “If I have to be honest, it’s a fair result, because I think in the second half they could’ve won this game. I think it’s a fair result.”
“Recently, we have had a lot of similar games that we are winning then after we draw at the end.” “It’s all about focus, staying together and keeping the shape of the team.”
“It’s hard. It’s going to be difficult to learn, but we know that. We have to keep going.”
“It’s (scoring goals) something I want to add to my game,” “It’s nice to have this feeling, and I hope I will score more.”
“It’s a point, and we need points to stay up,” “You always have to take it as a good point. If you take three points, it’s better. But I think it’s a point that will be important at the end.”
“We have 12 games, and we need to keep going and fighting. That’s it. Nothing else.”
“It’s a big game (Manchester United), a massive game,” We’re at home, and the fans will help us. “We need to put pressure on them and win this game.”
Mo deserves special credit for his efforts this season, and he certainly has looked some player in the last couple of months for Newcastle and over the last four games in particular.
We need more of our players reaching their top form like Mo has, and then we should be able to survive this season.
That’s the only goal Rafa Benitez has this season – to survive in the Premier League.
Sounds good to us.