It was a surprisingly (very) upbeat Rafa Benitez in his press conference today, and he said many times he was happy with the team.
And while he said the transfer window could have been better – he added – but it’s always like that.
While he says we didn’t spend much money this summer, we still got seven good players, and they will add significant competition in the team compared to what we had last season.
As far as the squad tomorrow is concerned, he is leaving new signing Federico Fernandez out, because he has had a whirlwind 24 hours and hasn’t trained with the team yet.
Rafa Benitez – was positive in the press conference
This is some of what Rafa has said, and it will be available for free viewing on nufcTV later today:
“The Premier League is so competitive, you have to fight. It will be difficult. The main thing for me now is to be sure I bring the best from our players.”
“The way to do that is to focus on football. Now is the time to focus on Tottenham, and this very difficult game.”
“Every season, every game is different. Jonjo Shelvey is more mature. The players know we’re playing against a very good team.”
“The key is to stay focused and have the right mindset from the first moment.”
“To bring in new players is important because if a player sees someone running faster, they have to run faster too. The competition is good.”
“The reality is that we have a team that did well last year. We are ready.”
“I am quite excited and quite happy because I can see the players working hard and training as well as they did last year.”
“I would say it is a surprise that they (Tottenham) didn’t sign anyone. But at the same time, they had at least 11 players in the World Cup.”
“We are talking about one of the best teams in the Premier League, and in terms of English players, Tottenham are the best team.”
“Federico Fernandez is not in the squad, because I think it has come too late.”
“He needs some time to get to know his teammates, and the understanding between the defenders.”
Good words there from the gaffer.