Rafa Benitez is looking to replicate almost exactly the preseason Newcastle had last summer.
They are going back to County Kildare in Ireland and Carton House for a week’s training camp and will then look to play friendlies but travel to and from the games and not stay for any extended period on the continent.
Last summer Newcastle played games at Mainz and Wolfsburg, and those were two good tests for the lads.
According to the Chronicle, it looks like Bundesliga, Serie A a, d La Liga clubs have been in contact with Newcastle about possible friendly games this summer.
The last friendly game will again be at St. James Park the week before the season starts and will hopefully be against a top European side.
Carton House – County Kildare, Ireland
This is what Rafa has said in ChronicleLive about the friendly games and what he is looking for:
“The idea in terms of games is that we like to gradually increase our levels and build up towards the season,”
“So at the beginning, normally we like to play games against teams of a lower level, then little by little you can give your team confidence and more minutes under their belts over the next few matches.”
“After then you can go and play more difficult games – and, if it is possible, you don’t travel too far for these games if you can.”
“Last year, we flew out to Europe for a couple of games, then flew straight back, and we may look to do the same again.”
“Before that, we usually play against teams in England of a lower level, so we are planning to see if we can do that again.
“It’s all about building for the new season with as much training as possible – and, if we can, try not to travel too far.”
We expect the dates, venues, and opposition for the friendly matches to be released shortly – and as soon as possible to help fans plan to attend the games.
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