Rafa Benitez has praised the other two clubs who have come up with Newcastle from the Championship and survived in the Premier League – Brighton and Huddersfield.
All the three teams have togetherness, excellent organization and fight like hell during their games.
And it’s the first time for a long time that all three clubs have survived in their first season in the Premier League after their promotion from the Championship.
And Rafa and Chris Hughton were two of the six managers nominated for Premier League Manager of the Season.
Rafa Benitez – at one of his recent press conferences
And David Wagner is one of the best young managers in the game today, and he will only get even better next season for the experience in the Premier League this past term.
This is what Rafa has said in the Chronicle today and it shows the class of the man:
“You have to give credit to Brighton and Huddersfield, they were well-organized like us.”
“Then, they worked as a team like us, and that is the key.
“Sometimes, the teams that were already in the Premier League spend money on good players and big names, but maybe they lose the togetherness that we have had, along with Huddersfield and Brighton.”
“The key for me is to create a very good team spirit, and carry on until the end.”
“A lot of people have been asking whether it is a bigger achievement than Istanbul in 2005.”
“I think it is different because you are talking about the league.”
“You are talking about nine or ten months of games, and that is always more difficult than just some games in a cup run.”
“We have won some trophies, and maybe this achievement could be close to some of the top trophies that I have won, but I would not say if it was more or less than this one or that one.”
“I am really proud of this achievement.”
Those are good words from the Newcastle manager.
All three clubs managed to beat (take apart?) Manchester United at home this season.
And those comments shows Rafa doesn’t get carried away with what he has already achieved in the game of football; he simply loves coaching players to become better.
He’s done a fabulous job for Newcastle over the last two seasons.