Press Conference – Rafa Identifies What Players Need To Produce In Final Two Games

Rafa Benitez has just given his press conference this afternoon for the game against Tottenham tomorrow night at Wembley Stadium.

And the manager started off appropriately by wishing his old adversary Sir Alex Ferguson all the best as he recovers from emergency surgery for a brain hemorrhage.

Rafa has said we have a few injuries and those players will not be risked tomorrow night or Sunday so there will not be too many changes for tomorrow night’s game.

Rafa Benitez – at his press conference

Here’s some of what Rafa had to say this afternoon:

“I would like to start by wishing a speedy recovery to Sir Alex Ferguson. I just want to wish him all the best.”

“We knew when Tottenham was playing in the cup, it could be a bad date for us.”

“We knew Tottenham and Chelsea could be fighting for something and the reality is, they are.”

“It’s an easy message for me. I told the players, the media, everyone, it’s been a fantastic season for us.”

“It was so good because we were working as a team and the players knew what they had to do.”

“Work-rate and intensity has been key. Now, we have to do the same and try to continue with the same idea.”

“After a fantastic season for us, you see other teams who were trying to avoid relegation and they still are.”

“We have players with little injuries, including Atsu and Clark, and don’t want to take risks. We won’t change too many players.”

“We have had three players on loan. Islam Slimani has been training today and is free to go now.”

“He will not be involved due to suspension ( in last two games).”

There are four clubs tied on 41 points and Brighton are only one point behind so maybe if we can win one of our last two games we can capture 10th place.

That would be excellent!

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5 comments so far

  • Jib

    May 8, 2018 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Jib (from a couple of posts back),
    Why do you think Ashley would bother to travel 12 miles
    to watch Watford v Newcastle United ?

    Why ?

    Do you think it’s impossible
    Out of the question

  • DubaiMicky

    May 8, 2018 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #2

    No jib, he wouldn’t go because he’s not in the slightest bit interested.

  • Veltman

    May 8, 2018 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Mag52 – I remember you and I seem to be on the same page on most things including AP.
    But we don’t engage much like we used to.
    What happened? We have some differences but it is not something that would make us see in different eyes.What happened to the teaming up?,incase some clown come in to bother you or I which is inevitable?

  • Jib

    May 8, 2018 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Oh oh weirdo alert !!!!!!!

  • lesh

    May 8, 2018 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #5


    Ashley not interested in the club he owns? I don’t know how you can think that when he’s delegated his two trusty lieutenants, Barnes and Bishop, to make sure the club’s run properly, that Charnley does as he’s told and Rafa doesn’t start getting ideas above his station.


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