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Player Explains Simply – What Makes Rafa World-Class

Rafa Benitez eats, sleeps and breathes football, so he is very well suited to be the manager of Newcastle United where the City is well known for its complete passion for football and everything revolves around its famous football club.

It’s been clear in the year Rafa has been at the club that he wants to improve everything about Newcastle – and there’s a lot of room for improvement – to be sure.

Rafa Benitez – happy when he’s on the training pitch

As just one example of his impact this season – Rafa has already reduced the number of injuries the club gets every year.

He had new 4G pitches installed for training at Benton last summer and with better and more thorough procedures to cope with injuries, he has dramatically reduced the number of injuries at the club.

Paul Dummett has succinctly talked today about what makes Rafa a world-class manager.

The Spanish manager has already won three European trophies and hopefully will be on his way to winning more trophies with Newcastle in the years ahead.

That’s the hope in any case and that needs to be done rather quickly – with time starting to run out for some of us.

This is how Paul Dummett talked about Rafa – who seems to talk and talk about football – as reported in the Chronicle today:

“He’s won a lot of trophies around the world.” “But he is a complete football man.”  “Whenever you talk to him it is about football.”

“He wants us to improve and he wants the club to improve.”

“Whether that’s on the training ground, the tactics or just getting us ready properly for the next game he wants us to get better.”

“His experiences can help us as a squad this season.” 

“If we win Rafa congratulates us on the game and tells us about what we did well and what we can do better.”

“Then we focus on the next game.”

Well you cannot accuse Rafa of wasting any time on the training pitch can you?


Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Salmon

    Mar 14, 2017 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Can see Jib and Jail tussling later on,
    or perhaps throughout the week,and welshgeordie9 jumping in between and putting both under their bed.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 14, 2017 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #2

    Really Jib,
    That little detail didn’t stop Mbemba taking Clarke’s place against Wolves.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 14, 2017 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #3

    Seems like Hanley is right footed as well then, we’ll be right up shit creek if Clarke gets injured then, we’ll have to pull Dummet over from LB I suppose.

  • posada

    Mar 14, 2017 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #4

    You don’t always need a right footer with a left footer at CB.
    They say only 10% of players are left footers so never gona be that simple.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 14, 2017 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #5

    What makes it even more hilarious is him supposedly showing his superior knowledge while making an arse of himself. If Clarke wasn’t doing the business do you think he’d be undroppable simply because he’s left footed.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 14, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Not really sure why that Welsh prat comes on here. You’d get more sense out of a lemon.
    Suggest he checks our + GD before comparing us to a Fat Sham team. But why let facts get in the way, if you’re an ignorant, narrow minded luddite.

  • Jib

    Mar 14, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Ha ha ha

    Jail picked the game when a disorientated M’Bemba scored an own goal.

    I hope they have nice murals at SJP for you to look at – you certainly haven’t a clue what you’re looking at on the pitch.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 14, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #8

    He’s hardly played any games at all, do you think he scored that own goal because he wasn’t left footed.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 14, 2017 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #9

    Looking back, Nbemba was the main man until that gamee against Wolves, he must have been a lefty until he forgot how to use it.

  • posada

    Mar 14, 2017 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #10

    Also, kicking with both feet is allowed.
    Often folks get focused on left foot right foot when the issue is one of balance. Or a lack of it as the case may be.


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