Rafa Benitez has just named the Newcastle team to play at Wembley tonight in the FA Cup Final.
Sorry I got that wrong.
Rafa Benitez has just named the Newcastle team to play at Wembley tonight in the Premier League against Tottenham Hotspur.
Unless Newcastle can snap out of some poor form since we reached 41 points by beating Arsenal 2-1 at St. James Park we could continue our losing streak.
Here’s the team Rafa has selected.
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So it’s what most of us expected – reverting back to the team that had played several games in a row and was the lineup against West Brom.
Let’s hope we can take something out of this game.
Matt Ritchie and DeAndre Yedlin make a return to the side
Here’s what Rafa has said about the game and what we have to do to get back on track:
“When Tottenham were playing in the FA Cup and the game was postponed, we knew the rearranged date could be a bad one for us, because Chelsea and Tottenham could both be fighting for something.”
“And that is the reality.” “But it’s good for us to play against top sides and it’s an extra motivation, so we will try to find the positive way.”
“My message is easy. I have told them, the media and everyone that it has been a great season for us – a fantastic season. And why has it been so good?”
“Because we have been working as a team, we were together and everybody knew what they had to do. The work-rate and intensity was key for us, and now we have to do the same because it is what we have done to be where we are.”
“And we have to try and continue this idea.”
“They knew at halftime – talking before the game about how to approach it, and we did exactly the opposite,”
“I think everybody knows they are professional, and clever enough to know that it is not the way they have to play.”
“They changed in the second half – attitude, with the ball, without the ball. It was much better and what we were expecting.”
“I think they know, as I always say, we can win, lose or draw against any team but we have to show desire, show commitment, show passion and play good football if we can.”
Howay The Lads!!