Rafa seems delighted with the way the Newcastle team have rebounded this year and especially over the last six games – when we have won four of them and three on the trot for a total of 13 points.
Next up for Newcastle are Arsenal on Sunday afternoon and we cannot underestimate them even though this is their worst season in the league for many, many years.
Maybe their worst season ever under Arsene Wenger but they are still in the semi-finals of the Europa League and could win it.
Rafa is pleased with the form of the Newcastle team, but he’s emphasized we still have to get to 40 points this season.
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And we have two points to get to reach that target.
Rafa also wants everybody to enjoy Newcastle winning, which we have all been doing these last three games – and it’s a terrific feeling.
It beats scrapping it out at the bottom of the league anytime.
Here’s an upbeat Rafa talking about the immediate turnaround of the last six games:
“When you’re at the bottom and you start winning games the way we have you couldn’t have wished for better.”
“When you are playing one game a week, the players are playing well, training well. If someone is lazy in training I will make a change but at the minute they are fine.”
“40 points is still the target. We need two more points. The players know we are in a much better position but we can hopefully get 40 points this weekend and then look for more.”
“I want them to keep pushing the team like they have all season. But I want them to enjoy the team playing well and winning games.”
“The fans away are singing all the time.” “And then when you have 52,000 at home it is a positive thing for everyone.”
This is not a man we think wants to leave Newcastle anytime soon, and fans will hail Rafa if he does have Newcastle finish in the top ten.
They will hail him after the final game of the season even if he doesn’t – because the manager’s done such a stellar and professional job again for the club this season.