Rafa Benitez is a popular figure in Spain, and he has been interviewed by the Madrid outlet Marca.
He is always in demand in Spain since he is one of the best Spanish managers and has managed Villareal and his hometown Real Madrid in Spain.
The good news is that Rafa always seems to talk positively about Newcastle United and how everybody associated with the club have pulled together for the sake of Newcastle United over the last two seasons.
Rafa Benitez – very proud of what he’s done at Newcastle
This is some of what he has said in Marca:
“Many people ask me if this is more difficult than winning the Champions League with Liverpool, it’s not comparable.”
“The League is regular, saving Newcastle means that many things have been done well for a long time.”
“Sometimes people do not appreciate the difficulty. There are teams with smaller names, but with more money to sign players.”
“Newcastle have not spent that much, they have had a surplus in signings with these anecdotes one can almost say that it is a miracle.”
“Newcastle’s feat is better understood, perhaps, if it is limited to 2018: it is the fifth team that has scored the most points.”
“The keys have been the illusion, the dedication, the eagerness to improve and the communion between the public and the players.”
“This team has achieved the maximum that it could achieve with its technical level.”
“The greatest joy that you can have as a coach when you have already won everything, it is to see how your players improve.”
“The fans know about the Premier League’s difficulties, they value the work we have done and they consider us and my team important.”
“I knew that if it was done well it could mean a great recognition to a coach who in different championships, in different situations, gets results.”
“And not someone who is lucky and wins titles because he has a good team.”
Newcastle played 17 league games in 2018 and we managed to get 25 points.
Rafa makes some great points there and one is that managers of top teams sometimes seem to be successful only because of the great players they are managing.
But Rafa has shown this season how he took a bunch of players and made them into a team who fought in every game and were a credit to Newcastle.
It was a joy to watch the Chelsea game again yesterday and from the very first whistle we outplayed and outfought the Blues.
Three or four top players put into that side of Sunday and we could be a very good team.
Howay The Lads!!