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Benitez – Tactics Will Have To Be Different In Upcoming Games

Rafa is a master of tactics which is one of his major strengths as a manager.

He can also get the team well organized and difficult to beat and that’s what we need for the next three league games which are all against top six sides.

We have Chelsea at home, Manchester City away, and Arsenal at home all coming up and we saw Huddersfield taken apart 6-1 at the Etihad Stadium yesterday.

So Huddersfield already have a goal difference of -8 after just two games.

Just like last season, it will be important for the Magpies to do well against top six sides and defend well so we don’t concede many goals.

Joselu consoles Kenedy after his penalty miss on Saturday

But Brighton yesterday beat Manchester United 3-1 at home and Chris Hughton had his team well organized and they deserved all 3 points.

We were looking at the Red Devils team and thinking how Rafa could transform them immediately.

Here’s what the manager has said about the three upcoming league games:

“We know that every game is different and the next games are against top sides,”

“We have to have a different approach to those games, and hopefully we can manage in the way that we managed some of these games last year.

“But every game and every season is different. We have the belief and confidence that, if we work very, very hard, we can get results.”

It will be interesting to see how we do in these three games and how many goals we concede.

Hopefully, we will be able to get a win against one of these teams.

In the corresponding games last season, we picked up 6 points with home wins against Chelsea and Arsenal.

Newcastle will be doing extremely well if we can repeat that this season.

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6 comments so far

  • Aces-of-Eights

    Aug 20, 2018 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #1

    Yeah 11 men behind the ball

  • Aces-of-Eights

    Aug 20, 2018 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #2

    As we have shite wingers who always come in instead of stretching teams 4312 should be our formation this season

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 20, 2018 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #3

    Which better wingers could we afford or better phrased who Ashley is prepared to pay for.

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 20, 2018 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #4

    It always strikes me as strange that the Toon Army are portrayed as disliking defensive football, when at SJP there is always massive appreciation of a good tackle when one is made.

    I also remember how this blog and the wider Toon support went wild over the series of 7 50-50 challenges won in 20 seconds against Leicester away last season.

    If Rafa can get the team to lay their bodies on the line and take their chances when they come along, we’ll do well this season and the likes of Catchy will once more dissolve into the ether.

  • geordiesteve520

    Aug 20, 2018 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #5

    Aces, there are very few out and out wingers anymore, which is one of the reasons Sane was so effective last season. Most wingers play as old fashioned inside forwards these days and do look to cut in and be another goal threat – who would you suggest?

  • Laurent Robert The Legend

    Aug 20, 2018 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #6

    We should go for Bolasie..He’ll be a gem for us.


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