Rafa Benitez went out of his way to try to get some unity at the club yesterday after a transfer window in which the club didn’t spend any money at all in net terms.
In fact, we made a profit of around £20M – but with loan fees and agents’ fees included in the figures the profit will be less than that – but it’s still a sizable profit.
One problem that was solves last week was the players’ bonuses for the season and we had the same type of disagreement last summer.
Rafa Benitez – in training this summer
Rafa has addressed the bonus saga and said this yesterday:
“There were days where they were a little bit unfocused but now it is sorted out they are focused,”
“I can tell you that some of them, watching the training sessions, they were suffering because they wanted a solution.”
“After that, they were fine.”
“You can change the motivation of players in one minute. As soon as it is done, that is it. You forget.”
“I am happy because now they are focused. That is it. I could see against Braga, my players were not really focused, for different reasons.”
“But you have to focus on football.”
It’s all about football now and if we can get a win today against Spurs that will be an excellent start to the season.