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!