Rafa has downplayed any frustrations he has had with owner Mike Ashley this season after Rafa’s initial outbursts in last August and September for not being backed in the transfer window as he was promised by the owner last May.
Maybe he knows the club and the team are still making progress – in spite of Ashley – if not as quickly as he had hoped or expected.
But our players will be that much better next season because of the experience in the Premier League they are getting this term.
And Ashley will surely give Rafa some decent money to spend in the summer – he got none of that last summer.
We just need to ensure we are nor relegated this season and we need 12 points from our final 11 games to get to 40 points and (likely) safety.
Rafa Benitez – pleased to be back
So maybe Rafa thinks even with the thriftiness of the Newcastle owner he can still build a good team at the club that can challenge the top clubs over time.
Here are some of the comments Rafa made with the questions he was given in his press conference this afternoon.
We are not including his remarks on the setback to Islam Slimani that will keep him out of the side at least for another two weeks.
“I tried to enjoy the break, but when the team is doing so well then you want to play quickly.”
“I am pleased to be here, back playing after a great performance against Manchester United.”
“It was nice to see my family and for the players to spend time with them”
“Bournemouth have won and lost with him (Jermaine Defoe) so hopefully he is quiet.”
“It’s important to understand if you win, it’s fine but if you lose it’s not the end of the world.”
“We have to give everything.”
“It’s important for any club to have players (like Paul Dummett) you know you can trust.” “He is clever, and left-footed, which is rare in football now.”
“When he plays well, the team plays well. He’s training well and he loves football. He’s enjoying himself at the moment and I am really pleased for him.”
“We talk all the time, he’s learning and he has to manage situations when there is pressure.”
“For us, every game is like a final. When you are playing so well against the top sides, you expect to do well against other teams.”
“But we have to focus and try to get 3 points.”