Rafa Benitez is a perfectionist, and it was apparent after reaching 41 points that he wanted to press on and finish as high up the league as possible.
We are in a decent position now to finish in 10th place and even higher, but the loss to Everton on Monday night was a blow to finishing potentially in 8th place.
But you never know, and a few wins in our remaining could see us higher than 10th place.
Rafa wants consistency and organization and wants the team to remain compact over the last four games of the season.
Rafa Benitez – seems even upbeat about future?
This is what he said today:
“We have been able to change players because we are safe, and we maybe will change someone, but maybe not.”
“I want consistency too. I have told the players they will play, so I want to give a chance to people but I must wait for the right time and find the balance”
“We have to remain compact, be organized, then some games we have won because we take our chances.”
“We have been one of the best 10 teams for shots, but also the best 10 for defending. We have had good balance and we need to keep that”
“People were expecting we could beat Everton easily because we have done well, but you have to look at the money they have spent.”
“But we have to keep working on and off the pitch going forward”
To get the feel-good factor back, we need to beat West Brom at St. James’ Park tomorrow to get our 5th home win on the trot.
Then we will be well positioned to go into our final three games of the season at Watford and Tottenham, and then at home to Chelsea.
Howay The Lads!!