It’s A Joy And Honor To Play For Benitez – When Rafa Speaks Everybody Listens

Florian Lejeune, like a lot of other players at Newcastle, are improving all the time under the guidance of Newcastle’s world-class manager Rafa Benitez.

When Rafa spoke to Florian last April while he was still at Eibar in the Spanish league the Frenchman made up his mind immediately that he wanted to join Newcastle to play for Rafa.

And it seems like he hasn’t been disappointed one little bit, and he doesn’t hold back in saying that it’s an absolute joy and honor to honor to play for the Liverpool legend.

Florian Lejeune – in action against Chelsea

Florian has been interviewed in the Chronicle and has said this:

“It is an absolute joy and honor to play for Rafa Benitez.” “To work with him each day is great for me.”

“I came to sign for Newcastle United pretty much for Rafa Benitez, which I have mentioned a few times.”

“Rafa Benitez has won so many trophies in different leagues and countries.

“He’s won the Champions League and Europa League and he has trained some very big teams such as Real Madrid and Liverpool.”

“What’s really good about Rafa Benitez is that he’s got so much experience.” “Especially considering he has such a young team.”

“What’s great is that he can see things that the players don’t always see.” “He is then able to guide you through situations and moments like that.”

“We have a team of young players but all the players aim high and to progress at all times.”

“And I can say that every single player listens to the coach all of the time.”

We lost 2 valuable 2 points last time out in conceding an 89th minute equalizer at Dean Court and Rafa was not happy we conceded 2 goals in the last 10 minutes.

But that’s over now and if we win tomorrow that will make up for that – and more.

However, we are rank outsiders in the betting to win the game – but with Rafa in charge, anything is possible as we saw when we somehow beat Manchester United 1-0 almost three weeks ago.

We live in hope – as always – and we know miracles can happen!


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4 comments so far

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Mar 2, 2018 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #1

    I’d love us to get a result against Liverpool but I think we’re better off focusing on the home games against Soton, Huddersfield and WBA and targeting 3 pts in these games to secure our safety.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 2, 2018 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #2

    Nah, Ruddy, you focus on the next game, try to get something from it then move on after the match, whatever the result. Steady accumulation, consistency of approach and performance. You can’t write off a game because you don’t fancy it.

    Repost from last thread as the bus moved on:
    From The Mag “In those 22 matches where Lascelles has started, Newcastle have only lost by more than a one goal margin on a single occasion, at Man City.”

    Also “in the six games so far against the top four clubs, Newcastle have scored in five of those matches, including the draw at home to Liverpool”

    Finally “when Jamaal Lascelles has been in the starting eleven, Newcastle have conceded more than one goal on only four occasions, including last Saturday”

    I mean, stats don’t tell you everything, but they do suggest we’re hard to break down and have a goal in us – surely the perfect recipe for a decent result.

  • Belfast

    Mar 2, 2018 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #3

    So Jib picture this….

    You’re in the Match of the day studio on Saturday night (god forbid) and you’re analysing our game against Bournemouth. We throw away our two goal lead with ten minutes remaining and Jonjo Shelvey is standing on the edge of our box not bothering his arse to defend on BOTH goals… What would Jib the pundit say ??

    Neither Lampard or Shearer knew Shelvey was injured, nobody did until a few days ago. So why are you moaning about them stating the bleeding obvious on Saturday night ?

  • Moonraker15

    Mar 2, 2018 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Re your question to jib about the pundits view; the point is, if they’d seen Shelvey against Man U they should have at least considered he might have a knock rather than always finding some way to criticise the lad!


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