There was a period in the game on Saturday at Leicester that clearly showed the commitment of Newcastle players and Newcastle went into 5–50 tackles one after the other until the last one was a foul and Leicester got a free kick.
But it was astonishing and showed just how committed Newcastle players are under Benitez.
And after the game, Leicester fans were not happy and thought the Newcastle players were a lot more committed (and organized) than the home players.
Rafa Benitez – pleased with the commitment
It was a bit of a shock defeat for Leicester especially when Burnley the team above them won again.
This is what Rafa said after the game about those tackles – one after the other:
“That’s English football,”
“Everyone was so pleased. I’m sure the TV will show that because it’s quite special.”
“Maybe not for English football, but you don’t see that in Spain, Italy or other countries. “That shows the commitment of our players.”
“No one can say they weren’t trying. “They were trying really hard and their players were as well.”
“We were stopping them, and, at the same time, we had some chances.”
“The final pass let us down on occasions, but, overall, it was a great performance.”
“Yes, we’re nearly there, but we have to carry on and get to the 40-point mark,”
“Now, it depends on other teams and what they will do. So you’ve got 38, but with goal difference it could be 39.”
“It’s still difficult, but we have to try and get the 40-point mark.”
“I’m a teacher,” “I’m a PE teacher, so when you’re teaching your pupils, your students, and then you’re teaching players, coaching players, and they’re getting better.”
“It’s the best feeling that you can have.”
The two games yesterday went Newcastle’s way too.
3rd bottom Southampton lost at Arsenal 3-2 but West Ham snatched a 1-1 draw at Chelsea.
We still have to play both Arsenal and Chelsea at home – next up are Arsenal next Sunday and then on the final day of the season on May 13th we play Chelsea
Rafa will want a win in each of those games and if we play like we did on Saturday that’s possible.