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Rafa Promises Players It’s Back To Double Training Sessions Monday – After Day Off

Newcastle were not at their best yesterday at Preston and after opening brightly with a nice opportunist goal from Aleksandar Mitrovic who looked sharp in that first half, maybe it was all the changes made in the second half that results in a disjointed display.

The result was only a 1-1 draw against the Championship club Preston who start their season in two weeks time – one week earlier than Newcastle.

After the game, a down-to-earth Rafa Benitez said the players would have a day off today, Sunday,  but that he would continue double training sessions on Monday to sharpen them up even further.

My legs just started to hurt.


A rather stern looking Rafa Benitez on the touchline yesterday
But it’s a thumbs-up to somebody

This is what Rafa said after the game as reported in the Chronicle:

“In terms of the togetherness and the understanding between players it was good.”

“In terms of fitness at Preston you could see they were a little sharper than us.”

“We traveled back and it wasn’t the best journey back.”

“Games like this mean you get fitness and you can play with intensity as some only play 45 minutes.”

“The players can relax a little on Sunday and then it’s back to double sessions on Monday.”

“The team wasn’t playing at the level we were expecting. Sometimes you need to play better.

“If you are a winger you can make the difference.

“These type of games though you have to look to improve your fitness and everybody can understand where we are and how hard we have to work.”

It seems the squad was delayed at Dublin airport for about three hours on Friday night as they waited for their plane to Manchester.

With Preston being 33 miles from Rafa’s home in the Wirral in Cheshire (as the crow flies) we assume the manager can spend today at home with his wife and two teenage daughters.

But that’s only an assumption.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 23, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Mister Tuff,
    Unfortunately due to years of mis management we are light years behind where Spurs are at, I was arguing with a Liverpool fan yesterday on how shite we are not, he seems to think Watford, Bournemouth and WBA are better than us, I wasn’t having it, one year out of the PL doesn’t make you a Sheffield Wed, Nottingham Forest or Leeds.

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jul 23, 2017 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #2

    Think we need to sign a top striker to take the gloom away from st James
    Think a big name club record signing will create a positive atmosphere and lift the squad
    You can have the greatest team in the world without goal scorers you have nothing

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 23, 2017 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #3


    I agree. If Spurs are on form, things could get a little tricky!

  • Klatoon

    Jul 23, 2017 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #4

    We are not way off, watched the Asis game between palace and WBA and was pleasantly surprised at the lack of real quality on show. I lnow its preseason but if “solid” Albion are the standard for survival, we are well set.

    Anyone know what squad numbers the new boys had on yesterday? Feel free to include SDJ, Shelvey and Diame.

  • Klatoon

    Jul 23, 2017 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #5

    *Asia game

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 23, 2017 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #6


    We should be on a par with Spurs, but we all – or most of us – know why not. This season I think we’ll have to settle for being like Burnley.

  • giimps

    Jul 23, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #7

    Palace looked decent against a very poor WBA side, strangely bough the arsenal chelski game wasn’t anywhere near the poor quality of WBA vs Palace, my thoughts are this, were not expecting to compete vs the big boys and should be able to compete vs our bottom half rivals, the more quality we get the higher up the league we can compete with, organization is key, once drilled from pre season our defense should be ok, attacking midfielders and strikers won’t need a full pre season to prepare if they are at another club doing one there……we need another 1 striker minimum , even if mitro stays, if he leaves we need 2 just tho cover gouff and big Murphy

  • G

    Jul 23, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #8

    I would hope this year we do not try to emulate any teams form. All I would expect is our team goes out ant attempts to win every game we play. As long as they keep the efforts up until the final whistle I will accept any result that comes our way. I do accept that this year is going to be transitional, and our target realistically is mid table, however I believe we have a far better team than most would give us credit for.

  • bladeuser

    Jul 23, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #9

    Spurs will rip us a new one and Burnley will wipe the floor with us
    The squad is poor the defence is slow the midfield average at best and up front well apart from Gayle there is nothing to frighten any team
    It’s Newcastle millionaire Hoofers against the multi millionaire elite
    In other words football is boring apart from the elite who have a chance of winning trophies the other feeder clubs are just happy to survive and the players couldn’t give a rat’s arse if they won or lost
    And if you call me cynical your dead right

  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 23, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #10

    “If you are a winger you can make the difference.”

    That sounds like he’s really not happy with his wingers.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 23, 2017 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #11

    Well done bladeuser, you’ve just adequately described the difference between a football fan and a customer who expects to win. I’ll let you work out which camp you fall in. 🙂 Cynical’s not quite the word I’d use to describe you, but let’s not quibble.
    Everybody should have been ready for a difficult season anyway, with the difference between the finances of those coming up and those already in place.
    Add that to years of neglect and there was only one likely outcome.
    Some betting company has used a super computer and decided we’ll finish 15th.
    Clever stuff without knowing the final squads!!

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jul 23, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #12

    I don’t buy into this we are light years behind such and such
    That’s what was said when

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jul 23, 2017 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #13

    Robson took control
    He had us fourth in no time


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