Benitez – Every Game Is An Opportunity And Nothing Else

One reason Rafa has been so successful in his career in football management is he is a positive man who can pass on that confidence to his players.

One thing he quickly achieved on Tyneside was to get the players playing 100% in games and giving 100% in training.

So we are again in a relegation scrap but unlike previous years we know the players care and they are giving 100% whether we win, lose or draw.

Rafa thinks like an experienced manager and he never gets too high with a win or too low with a defeat.

Maybe these words of his are what he drums into his players during the training sessions.

Rafa Benitez – in training

Here’s what Rafa has said each of the games – as published in the Chronicle:

“Every game is important so if you win now everyone says: ‘Fantastic.’”

“And then we have more confidence. Maybe you can approach the next games with more confidence and you win more.”

“But if you can’t win you can still win at the end. You can win the last game and be safe.”

“Every game is an opportunity and nothing else.”

That will help players deal with winning, losing and drawing games.

Newcastle fans tend to be really up when we win (think Manchester United) and really down when we throw points away (think Bournemouth) or lose.

But as Rafa says – we have to take one game at a time, and even if things look bleak we can still escape.

That may mean winning the final game of the season at home to Chelsea and if we do that – we’ll be safe.

That’s the only aim this season – to survive – and if it does go down to the last game – many of our nerves will be completely and utterly shot.


Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Belfast

    Mar 5, 2018 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #1

    The next two are definitely must win like. If you play the teams around you at this stage of the season at home. You definitely need to win.

    Rafa knows it. The players know it. We all know it. It just makes the nerves bad admitting it. Haha.

  • Jib

    Mar 5, 2018 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Merino and Shelvey both struggling
    to make it for Saturday !!!!

  • lesh

    Mar 5, 2018 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #3


    References to our squad’s relative youth might make more sense if ages weren’t compared in isolation but if average age were combined with Prem experience – the latter’s where we’re seriously pacing thanks to Ashley.

    And, as an aside, I see that blog’s blackshirts are still on your case. Nil desperandum carborundum!

    And, as Trotsky once said when out for a drink with uncle Joe Stalin, Howay the Lads. 🙂

  • lesh

    Mar 5, 2018 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #4

    * pacing = lacking.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 5, 2018 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #5


    I thought Jonjo was already out and Merino wasn’t exactly moving freely against Liverpool only problem with this is we kind of lose midfield creativity from the middle if they are both out!!

    Hayden and Diame in the middle is solid but really going to offer nothing getting moves going

  • dig-n-dig22

    Mar 5, 2018 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #6

    I agree I would much rather get the job done by winning the next 2 games, if we don’t then we will suffer a lot of unnecessary pressure. being realistic I can’t see us getting anything against Spurs , or Chelsea if we need a result, Arsenal maybe, Leicester,Everton,Watford haven’t been happy hunting grounds for us in recent times and if we screw up against Souton,Hudders then I can’t see West Brom being a gimme either.

  • widowmagandapoke

    Mar 6, 2018 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Time to get the worry beads out.
    Even without shelves and Merino, we should be able to win the next two.
    Or am I being the cockeyed optimist?


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