Rafa was quite clear at his press conference that the only thing he is concerned about at Newcastle right now is getting to 40 points.
We have 35 points at the moment, and the Newcastle manager is hoping the team can get another 3 points at Leicester tomorrow afternoon to make it three wins in a row.
38 points could be enough for safety this season, but Rafa will not relax until 40m points are reached.
And then he (of course) want as many points as possible in the remaining games.
Rafa Benitez – we must get to 40 points
This is the pointed message Rafa had for the players and fans alike today:
“I have to do the opposite of what some people think.”
“I have to make sure we do not have any complacency and that everybody is concentrated. It is not done yet.”
“The target is still 40 points and we have to get there.”
“I don’t think we can relax. If we get 40 then yes, it would be massive for me and my staff, and for the city and the club.”
“It is the first season in the Premier League and that is always difficult – but we still have to do it.”
“We knew that was a difficult time. We didn’t have too much time. We had to change a lot of things.”
“Relegation was a big change, then we had to move players around and bring in new players for the Championship.”
“After that, the Premier League is another challenge.”
‘We can see a big difference between that team and this one in terms of quality and names, but the main difference is the character and mentality of this group of players.”
This fixture two years ago was Rafa’s first in charge as the Newcastle manager, and we narrowly lost 1-0.
We are hoping we can do better than that tomorrow and get all 3 points and get that much closer to safety.
Howay The Lads!!