When Rafa Benitez arrived almost two years ago he called for the fans and the players not to panic.
His mantra was let’s stay calm and get the work done.
And that hasn’t changed two years later when we are again locked in a battle for survival but we are better off then we were with Steve McClaren in charge – 4 points better off after 27 games played.
And the team is also playing better and with guts and courage galore as we saw last Sunday during our great 1-0 home win against the Red Devils.
Rafa Benitez – directing the training
Rafa has talked to the Chronicle today and the boss had this to say:
“It’s important for our fans to do what they have been doing.” “They know that if we don’t stick together we won’t succeed.”
“In my experience you can’t panic.” “You have to stay calm and keep going.” “Remember, somebody else will panic and make more mistakes than us.”
“So we have to be sure to stay calm and keep working.”
“It has been difficult in the last few weeks because people were expecting us to make signings or play fantastic football and get big results.”
“You aren’t going to win games scoring five or six goals.” “That’s not going to be the case.” “We have what we have, and I know these players are giving us everything.”
“If we stay calm, we’ll have more chances to stay up and then build something stronger for the future.”
“You win a couple of games and you go to the middle of the table.”
“If the team continues to work and you get a couple of wins by working as hard as possible you end up with more quality and you end up being more clinical.”
“Then you end up making the difference.”
We are 4 points better off and have a much better goal difference compared to two years ago.
And here is where we are in the league table.
We need only 12 more points to get to the safety of 40 points and likely survival.