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.