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Manager Gives Hints On How He Picks The Team


Rafa picks a different side for almost every single game Newcastle play and it’s becasue of his famous rotation system that he used at Liverpool when he was so successful there.

One of the things fans don’t know and which Rafa holds as a high priority in selcting players for a game is how they have been performing in training and what their mental attitude has been before the game.

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Rafa Benitez during a training session

Rafa has also talked before about the mental attitude of players and as we have found out Rafa demands they put in 100% at every single training session – nothing less.

In fact some of our players have said the training sessions can be more intense than the actual games.

That’s good training for when the matches get intense as happened at Rotherham last time out, when the Millers pressured Newcastle in the first 20 minutes and then in the final 10 minutes or so of that game.

This is what Rafa has said today about selecting the team:

“People will see ‘MattRitchie isn’t playing!’ But I knew Christian Atsu was playing well – then he does well and I look like a genius!”

“But if he doesn’t, it’s ‘Oh no’.”

“But people need to be reassured that we have a lot of information, we see them in training.”

“For example, DeAndre Yedlin had problems in his ankles after tackles in the last two games.”

“We have Vurnon Anita, who is playing well and training well so why not play him and give Yedlin a rest?”

It was a surprise when DeAndre didn’t play against Rotherham, after filling in so well for Vurnon Anita when he was out suspended for three games.

What we have now are two first class right-backs that Rafa can choose between and of course Vurnon came in and did a good job at the New York Stadium and he also seems to be helping Yedlin develop his game.

Vurnon is a real team player – wonder if he will get a contract extension when his five year contract runs out next June?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


90 comments so far

  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 11, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #41

    Another woeful delivery from Henderson

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 11, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #42

    Shirebrook mate, you have a great sense of understatement! 🙂 Didn’t look too clever did it? Two cracking saves though, showing us how good he can be.

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 11, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #43

    And Anita isn’t capable of doing what Tiote and Diame do, he can’t break up play and he can’t carry the ball

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 11, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #44

    So, apart from the roads, sanitation, education etc – WHAT has Henderson ever done for us? 🙂

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 11, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #45

    Bobby

    Yeah mate that was a class save. To get up to it from where he was positioned was brilliant! He’s still got it lol

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #46

    You forgot frustration Bobby

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #47

    This is threatening to turn into a canny game. Andros coming on might make it interesting.

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #48

    Frustration shirebrook. That sums him up far better than I did mate. 🙂

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #49

    Need lascelles in that England back four! He’ll sort these dodgy back passes out

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #50

    In fact, that could well be his middle name. Jordan ‘frustration’ Henderson. Nice ring to it mate. 🙂

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #51

    And Gayle up top lol

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #52

    He’ll be there one day mate, if he keeps improving at his current rate. Another season in the PL and he’ll be getting called up I reckon. Most improved player in our squad imo.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #53

    Could be worse Bobby. He could of been born a Mackem oh wait………………

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #54

    Lascelles could well get into an England squad once we are back in the PL outside of Smalling Cahill and Stones there’s not a huge amount of competition for him and he is liked by the England set up

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #55

    Now ye just getting silly 🙂 jesus, henderson ffs!

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #56

    Shirebrook. 🙂 🙂

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #57

    Henderson again with a wild pass lmao

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #58

    Shirebrook, there was a flag at the cup game with Shirebrook Mags – a black st georges cross i think. Recognise it?

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #59

    At this rate colback might get a call up

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #60

    Shirebrook. Step away from the bottle of whatever it is. Androsius has made a difference since coming on.

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #61

    Townsend is good, very positive and direct

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #62

    Bobby. Iv got an idea who it might be with the flag mate

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #63

    It’s clear to see that Townsend has not yet been pardewed. Still has the Rafa effect. But for how long lol

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #64

    Aye, thought you might like. Tell them to come again and bring that good luck with them. 🙂

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #65

    Has Rooney dyed his hair

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #66

    May venture up with them next time Bobby

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #67

    Indeed, Townsend should be eternally grateful to Rafa and Newcastle. From rotting away in Spurs’ stiffs to representing his country again.
    Good goalkeeping tonight if nothing else.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #68

    Thank fcuk Daniel Porridge has been taken off. That’s not a typo it’s because he always looks like he’s playing in it!!

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #69

    Aye Sturridge has been his selfish best tonight and for a striker hes not keen on getting into the box

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #70

    Lingaard has impressed tonight

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #71

    Get yer sen up here shirebrook, you know it makes sense. 🙂

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #72

    Lingaard has had a good season so far and settled well into the match. We were after him start of last season aswell

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #73

    Does indeed Bobby. Got a few mates from my army days up there. It’s my second home lol

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #74

    Doesn’t back down from a fight either

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #75

    WW. Aye McTufty had him on loan at Derby and wanted to bring him to the toon. Although he wasn’t really that great in his loan spell at Derby

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #76

    WWSBRD, would’ve been a great addition to the squad as well. Might’ve got him has Jose not come along as well.

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #77

    Shire
    Aye I wasn’t impressed when we were linked with him tbh but looks like I was wrong haha

    This game isgetting rough

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  • JAMSHA

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #78

    Bobbybee

    I guess Only Murphy Is Injurd xD An With Mitro On Fire Hope He Now Starts Fireing For Us

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #79

    WW

    He’s come on leaps and bounds since then. But he was shite before lol

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  • WWSBRD

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #80

    Bobby
    Certainly would of been mate. Shame we didn’t push our interest

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