Rafa Benitez has just completed his press conference for the quarter-final tie at Hull City tomorrow night and he talks about the game and says if we can play well we can win the game.
Coming out of the press conference is that Spanish full-back Jesus Gamez looks like he’s out for six weeks with a broken clavicle he picked up on Saturday in the second half.
Rafa Benitez at his press conference
Some of his comments are now being reported on the Newcastle United Twitter account and in Chronicle Live.
These are some of Rafa’s comments starting with the status of Gamez:
“Maybe he will need an operation. “We are waiting. It’s not serious, but you have to do it just in case. If he has the operation, they say around six weeks.”
“Our approach tomorrow will be the same. We were doing well in the cup because we have a strong squad.”
“If I change players, it is because I am convinced it is still a strong team.”
“In terms of the game, it will be tough for both teams.” “They are a dangerous team to play against.”
“I’m very pragmatic.” “The cup competitions are a chance to progress.”
“It’s a motivation for us to play against a Premier League team.” “They play at home, so they have a little bit of an advantage – maybe they are favorites..”
“When you play two games a week, the next game is a chance to change things.”
“We approach every game with confidence. We know that we will have the right motivation and the concentration to do well.”
“This is game is different because it is the cup and you have to finish with a result.”
“We did not do well early on vs Blackburn. We didn’t play at our level and we have to quickly change and bring positives back.”
“We have an opportunity at Hull. We are doing well in the EFL Cup because we have a good squad, same in the league.”
“If we play well we can win. If we don’t play well we can lose.” “It will be a tough game for both and we’ll see what happens.”
“Hull are physically strong. They are playing nice football but are struggling to score.” “But they concede goals too.”
“I would like to see more of our fans there, but I can’t control Hull’s policy. We have an opportunity to do well.”
Well, I finally realized it’s either a win or a defeat in the League cup games before the two-legged semi-final – didn’t take me very long to work than one out did it.