Rafa Benitez has given his press conference and he was surprisingly upbeat and said now that the transfer window was finished he was calm.
Rafa wants the same support from the fans that we had last season and he says now is the time to concentrate on the football with the Tottenham game tomorrow.
The manager still wants to do well this season and he seems to have put the frustrating transfer window behind him – much as he did last year around this time.
He talked about Fernandez being a very good signing and he knows him from his time at Napoli five years ago.
Rafa Benitez – at a previous press conference
This is some of what Rafa said at the beginning of his press conference:
“I have to do the best for my players. We have finished the transfer window, so now I must focus on Spurs which will is a very difficult game.”
“I am really calm now as the window is finished. It is the time to do what we did last year: togetherness with fans behind us.”
“I’m sure fans will think: ‘Oh Rafa is angry.’ But I try to improve my team during the window, but that is over. Could it be better? Yes, always it could be better.”
“But I am happy with my team, I believe the spirit is there with my players to have another good season.”
“Today is the day is that we have to concentrate on football. I want to talk about Spurs because we must be ready mentally without distractions from things off the pitch.”
“We are better now than we were at the start of the week. Fernandez is a good signing because we needed someone.”
“Rondon too. I am confident we can do well & can succeed. We did some of the stuff we had to do.”
“I will try to do my best every day. I want to stay, but now is not the time to talk. We have to focus on football.”
“If we need to talk about an extension, we can do at some point. But I am focused on the team and finishing as high up the table as possible.”
“I know it’s been a difficult summer but the reality is that we have a team that did well and we are ready for the Premier League.”
“I can see the promoted teams have spent money but we have a good team – even if we didn’t pay big money for Rondon, Muto or Kenedy they’re good players.”
“Our target first has to be to survive because we did so well last year.”
“The reality is that if we do what we did last year with commitment and togetherness, we can be a lot higher than 17th.”
“How high? I don’t know yet.”
That’s a positive Rafa Benitez and while he pushed and pushed in the summer to get more and better players in, the players he has brought in are very good.
For around £22M getting those seven players in was simply brilliant (average £3M/player) and their characters are what Rafa really likes in players – professional, hardworking, team players, and ambitious.
Did I ever say that Rafa is the perfect manager for Newcastle?