Newcastle have a very tough game this afternoon against Chelsea
Chelsea have won both their first two league games and scored 6 goals in the process so we will need to be near our best if we are to take anything out of the game this afternoon at St. James’ Park.
It will be a sell-out crowd today, and we will have an idea after the game how we may fare in the league this season – but we must be strong in defense.
Rafa could also start some of the new players like Rondon and Muto, but we’ll have to wait and see on that one.
Rafa Benitez – next three games are tough
Rafa is concentrating entirely on football until the end of the year in an attempt to get the very best out of the squad he now has at Newcastle.
This is what Rafa has said in the Chronicle today:
“I try to enjoy it, especially when we win. But at the moment we have drawn once and lost once, so I’m not very happy right now,”
“I knew the beginning of the season it could be difficult, but now we have to be sure in this period that we bring the new players together.”
“That the understanding between players has to be good, and be sure that we can compete now and be stronger for the future.”
“Believe me, to play against Chelsea, Manchester City and Nottingham Forest in the meantime, these are different challenges .”
“And I try to be clear in my mind what I have to do.”
It’s a tough week coming up – we have Chelsea today, we are at Nottingham Forst on Wednesday night in the League Cup and then we are away to Manchester City next Saturday.
Then we have the two-week International break.
So we really need to pick up some points this afternoon.