We had an unlucky start to the season, and for the third year running, we lost our first game of the season.
In the last two seasons under Rafa, we have lost our first two games so let’s hope we can break that trend at Cardiff in the early kickoff game on Saturday.
But the manager was upbeat after the game, and we were unlucky in hitting the woodwork twice in that second half against Spurs.
But Rafa again wants to ensure there is unity at the club and he certainly got that at the St. James’ Park on Saturday – that’s going to be very important this season.
Rafa Benitez on Saturday
Rafa has talked about the game as reported in the Chronicle today:
“I am quite happy with the performance of the players and the way that we approached the game.”
“We were playing against a very good team, so to have the chances that we had in the second half, you have to be positive.”
“The only thing I do not like is to be positive and not get the right result; I want to win games.”
“But at least you could see a team that was not giving up, a team that was working hard, and the fans right behind the team.”
“There were a lot of things we were expecting to see as a positive, and we have seen that. If we play with this mentality, we will be OK.”
“You will not always take your chances, and we were unlucky with the shots that hit the post and crossbar, and also with the control of Kenedy.”
“It could have been totally different. Again, I will say, if you ask 90% of people, they will say: ‘You will lose against Tottenham.’”
“To do it in this way is not right, but at least you have the feeling that you can do better against the next team.”
“If you read what we said (in the joint statement), it is not something different to what I was saying [in the pre-match Press conference on Friday.”
“I was trying to do what I said before; I was trying to be positive (in the press conference) to make sure that everybody sticks together,”
“We have finished the transfer window, and we have to concentrate on doing the right things for the club and the team.”
“I want to say that the players that we have brought in are good players. That is my thought.”
“Starting from that, I want to support my players and give them the confidence and belief that they can do it.”
DeAndre Yedlin went off after about 90 minutes with a knee injury, and we should find out just how severe the damage is today or tomorrow.
He will be having scans on the knee once the swelling has gone down,
We hope it’s not too bad – but it looked like it could be serious.