Benitez Talks About Motivation – We Seem To Have Gone Backwards

Rafa has done a good job this season of teaching his players what it takes to win games in the Premier League.

And he has pointed out to them it’s the little things that mean a lot in the Premier League.

After that disastrous nine-game streak before Christmas when we picked up just a single point the lads have done brilliantly to get us safe on 41 points.

That’s was three games ago but since then they seem to have forgotten what Rafa drummed into them and have seemed to have gone backwards.

It will be a big challenge for Rafa to get them playing solidly again in our final two games at Tottenham and at home to Chelsea in the coming week.

A hot Rafa Benitez on the touchline yesterday

If we don’t improve we could lose both those games and it would be five successive defeats to end the season.

We cannot have that.

Here’s what Rafa said when asked if it was the motivation of his players that was missing:

“It’s not a question of motivation.”

“We achieved something that was really important and difficult: to stay up with five games to go was a great achievement.”

“The team has been working so hard that sometimes it is difficult to keep this level. We tend to change players, we tend to change things if we can.”

“But we play against teams with quality too and if you don’t make the right decisions a couple of times, then you can fall behind.”

“These mistakes, and the experience that the other teams have, you pay for that.”

“With this in mind, the team is working hard, running, but we are going late into some situations, and we are making mistakes.”

“Because maybe we do not have this concentration, this responsibility and the necessity to get points.”

“So we can just think: ‘If we go now, we can see what happens.’ It doesn’t matter too much if we lose a game.”

“But now we must realize we have lost three in a row and we have to react.”

“The teams in the Premier League are quite good and, if you make mistakes, you will pay for that.”

We think it’s important to try to get 10th place or even higher and don’t subscribe to the notion that it doesn’t really matter.

Rafa knows that a team more professional than we are at the moment would continue winning their games and playing with intensity, but our players have become sloppy.

Yes – it’s human nature to relax after reaching a huge target for the season – but it’s not being professional.

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65 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    May 6, 2018 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #1

    That must have been some half-time team talk from Rafa yesterday.

  • DaveD1000

    May 6, 2018 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #2

    probably along the lines of…you ,you you and you don’t bother with a season ticket for the Metro

  • DubaiMicky

    May 6, 2018 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Just watching the Citeh celebrations and thinking, if that twat Ashley had respected the Mansours, they would have bought us.

    But no, he got pissed and threw up.

    That is yet another reason why he needs to leave

  • lesh

    May 6, 2018 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #4

    Ron Knee

    I’m sure that Charnley and Rafa do get on but as you say, Charley’s the one Ashley’s placed in the front line – albeit only with the limited authority delegated by Ashley. It says it all that Rafa’s got no trust in Ashley but the comfort he’ll draw is that he’s not the first nor will he be the last.


    As I said earlier, Ashley doesn’t do respect. Ffs, even I know you don’t expect high-ranking arabs to come to you – especially when getting pissed! What a complete tw@ he is – arrogant, ignorant and totally disrespectful.

  • posada

    May 6, 2018 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #5

    Ashley could have sold to the Mansours ?
    I don’t think so. It’s a bit of a myth that one.
    They bought Man City for 165M from that Frank Sinatra fella. A forced sale.
    Ashley would never have sold for that much.

    It was never really on.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 6, 2018 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #6

    Glad to see my tip for top scorer next season get another one yesterday.

    Put Mitro alongside him and we’ve got a top combo.

    Shaquiri whenever I’ve seen him play he puts in a good shift, I’d say buy him.

    Rafa has to be able to manage the difficult players as they are often the ones who have the star quality that can turn games in a trice.

  • Jib

    May 6, 2018 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Ashley was supposed to meet with
    representatives of Zabeel Investments
    (nowt to do with the Mansours)
    who let it be known that £200m was their
    top price.
    Asheley wanted double that , so it was a non starter

  • Munster Mag

    May 6, 2018 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #8

    Shaqiri looks like he’s got some timber going on but I’d have him once he doesn’t occupy kenedys place?

  • Jib

    May 6, 2018 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #9

    Do you mean he’s a stocky fellow ?

  • Jib

    May 6, 2018 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #10

    If Liverpool play like this vs Real Madrid they’ll get moidered.

  • DaveD1000

    May 6, 2018 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #11

    Burnley suffering the motivational thing…

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 6, 2018 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #12

    We’re totally toothless up front, five goals for your joint top scorers says it all.

  • Munster Mag

    May 6, 2018 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #13

    Jail how many beers yesterday? Cans and pints… Myself and dubai had a guessing competition…

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 6, 2018 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #14

    Fourteen cans three double vodka Red Bulls and about six pints.

  • Jib

    May 6, 2018 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #15

    Don’t forget El Clasico in a little over an hour

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 6, 2018 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #16

    That Chelsea result isn’t great for us, they’ve got everything to play for now.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 6, 2018 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #17

    I think we’ll end up blowing tenth unless we can get something from our last two.

  • Jib

    May 6, 2018 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #18

    We’re going to rip Spuds a new one at Wembley
    Keep the faith

  • beefman13

    May 6, 2018 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #19

    Looks like 3 more years of Mike! 96m out 104m in since Rafa arrived, suits Mike to a tee.

  • Jib

    May 6, 2018 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #20

    Eeh let’s bang on about the owner again
    f@ck the footy

  • cyprus

    May 6, 2018 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #21

    Fans are saying no thanks for Shaqiri and Allen?

    Do we have any players at that level?

    Still, I suspect Allen will stay on, help them get back up. Shaqiri too, despite the clause.

    We need serious reinforcements all over. People who can make a difference.

  • cyprus

    May 6, 2018 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #22

    Will El clasico be worth watching or since it is all done and dusted, no one will really be arsed?

  • ilovetoon8788

    May 6, 2018 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #23

    Our top scorer is 5 league goals. There’s where the serious problem lies.

  • cyprus

    May 6, 2018 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #24

    I see Real will want to halt unbeaten season 😉
    And Barca to achieve it.

    Apart from pride and all that.

  • cyprus

    May 6, 2018 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #25

    True 8788. It’s a wonder we survived, with no CF.

  • jane

    May 6, 2018 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #26
  • jane

    May 6, 2018 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #27

    as a team we have scored more goals than
    West Brom
    and same amount as Southampton

  • lochinvar

    May 6, 2018 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #28

    Our top scorer has 6 goals….maybe, but it’s not enough and we might happen to need more next season

  • Jib

    May 6, 2018 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #29

    I’m watching El Clasico on US beIN sports
    One of the commentators is Ray “Rocky” Hudson
    It’s so funny to hear it with a broad Geordie accent

  • Mag52

    May 6, 2018 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #30

    For me, in a team without a decent regular goal scoring CF, Ayoze Perez is the nearest to a no.9 that we have. A far more instinctive goal scorer than Gayle and as for Joselu………..

  • jane

    May 6, 2018 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #31

    “but it’s not enough”

    but it has been enough 🙂

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 6, 2018 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #32

    I’m a fan of Perez playing up front, think he’s been a victim of playing out of position. Natural striker, good work rate, clever movement and decent finishing ability with some good touches. Since his first season he’s played on the wings and behind the striker. Rafa seems to be moulding him into a #10 and he is imporiving at it but he’s not a natural.

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 6, 2018 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #33

    No to shaqiri. Type of character we used to sign but hopefully we’ve moved from that. Has quality but inconsistent. When he’s not on his game doesn’t have the work rate to help the team and is like playing with 10 men.

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 6, 2018 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #34

    This Classico match is a good match so far but I swear the bein sports commentator comes out with some crazy lines.

  • jane

    May 6, 2018 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #35

    “Hudson’s commentating style, which mimics fellow Geordie, famous darts commentator Sid Waddell, consists of metaphors and excited, romanticized descriptions (e.g., “magisteeerial”) of players and goals, has earned him both praise and ridicule.”

  • jane

    May 6, 2018 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #36

    i predicted Perez would be tgs in the blog competition…although i think i said 15 goals 😐

  • Jib

    May 6, 2018 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #37

    What do you expect Hudson went to Dame Allan’s

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 6, 2018 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #38

    Didn’t know who he was or his name but that is very accurate.

  • ShirebrookToon

    May 6, 2018 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #39

    Can see that being the first of a couple of red cards in the el Classico tonight

  • Jib

    May 6, 2018 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #40

    ronaldo aarons
    He’s an ex Toon player


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