During his press conference today Rafa admitted that he’s disappointed with the points total Newcastle have after 29 games played.
It’s a point a game and Rafa believes we have not managed games well in the last ten to fifteen minutes and have dropped points then.
So he has admitted that each of the final 9 games will be like Cup Finals – that’s been the case in the last four of the five seasons Newcastle have been in the Premier League.
Yes – it’s been that bad – I’ve still got the marks to show for it.
Rafa Benitez – at his press conference
It was only in the 2013-2014 that we were not struggling against relegation and then we managed to lose seven of our last eight games.
That was a good season for us.
Here’s some of what Rafa said this afternoon:
“Every game is important for us. This one against Southampton is the most important because it’s the next one. Every game is a final now.”
“Against a team that’s close to us, we must be sure that we try our best to get three points. We will realize where we are in April or May, there are a lot of games to play.”
“When you play against a top side, the difference is massive. Everything has to be perfect. Against other teams, you can make mistakes and still win.”
“I’m disappointed – I’d like to be higher. We have a good team with a lack of experience. We deserved to win some games if we’d managed them differently in the last 10-15 minutes.”
“My message is always clear – fans being fantastic for the team. For the players, just be sure that we give the fans something to support. If you take your chances, everything is different.”
“We (Rafa and former assistant Mauricio Pellegrino) have a good relationship. He knows me really well, I know him really well. It will be difficult to do something that the other one is not expecting.”
About seven in ten fans think we can win this (must win) game tomorrow against the Saints.