Newcastle will jet off for their four-day training camp in Spain today as they get some warm weather training in.
It will not be a joy-ride with Rafa having double training sessions as he attempts to get the very best out of the squad he has available.
We are in some good form at the moment, and our last two home games against Manchester United and Southampton have netted us 6 points.
The team also put in two of their best performances of the season, so things are starting to look up a little.
A smiling and confident Rafa Benitez
We are 5 points above the drop zone, and that’s probably 6 points because of our goal difference being better than the other teams fighting relegation.
This is what Rafa has said to BBC Sport today:
“Five points is good but there is still plenty to do. I have confidence in the team that we can do it.”
“We knew it was a massive game for us, against a team close to us in the table.”
“We needed to do well. The players approached it well, the intensity they showed, the way they moved the ball, it was very pleasing.”
“When you see the players working so hard, as a manager you have to be pleased.”
“We know Southampton have most of the possession in their games, and after the goal, they had to take the risk and attack.”
“When you play against a team who have possession and pass a lot, you have to defend well and counter-attack.”
Rafa is becoming more confident that we can do it and stay up and certainly the team has looked very good in our last two home games.
It was an excellent game plan against the Saints and very well executed by our players.
We need the same again against Huddersfield Town, and if we can win that game, Newcastle will have 35 points from 31 games.
We will then need 5 points in the final 7 games to reach the 40 points mark, and that should see us safe.