Newcastle are in 10th place and currently 3 points above Crystal Palace, Bournemouth, and Watford, and we have a game in hand (which is at Tottenham next week).
We also have a better goal difference than each of those three teams immediately below us in the league.
So if we can do well in our final three games, we have an excellent chance to finish in the top ten, and that would be classed as a massive success for manager Rafa Benitez and for Newcastle.
We have been classed as a Championship side in the Premier League, but Rafa’s coaching has made the difference, and several of our players are better players now than when we started the campaign last August.
In short, Rafa has excelled once again this season.
Rafa Benitez – wants to make good memories at Newcastle
But we have lost our last two games with two sloppy performances and Rafa is keen to end the mistakes the team has been making and stay in (at least) 10th place in the league.
This is what Rafa has said as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“Every game is important if we want to stay there.”
“I said, for me, we have to try to finish as high as possible in the table.”
“But the main thing is to be sure we play at the level we were playing before.”
“If we can, we have to do well. For us, it has to be a good season, and we have to have good memories at the end.”
Rafa will be working hard in training this week to get the lads ready for the game at Vicarage Road, and we must not lose our third game in a row on Saturday.
Otherwise, the season could go flat with Newcastle still to play at Tottenham and at home to Chelsea.