Rafa Benitez took criticism (what again?) from the pundits after we almost got a point against Chelsea on Saturday at St. James’ Park.
They wanted Newcastle to attack Chelsea and be more offensive but they are not responsible for keeping Newcastle in the Premier League this season.
The five new players we have signed since January look talented players and both Fabian Schar and Federico Fernandez had good games in a back five that played well.
Rafa had the team really well organized but again we didn’t get what we deserved in the 2-1 defeat.
Fabian Schar in action on Saturday
This is what new boy Fabian Schar has said about the Chelsea game and the upcoming games:
“We stayed in the game, but then we conceded two unlucky goals and we are left with zero points from the game.”
“It’s frustrating, very frustrating.”
“The first one was no penalty and the second goal was really unlucky. We deserved a point but we were left with nothing.”
“I have played this system before and I know how to play in a three-man defense, a four-man defense or a five-man defense.”
“We have to be focused, we have to train well and do what the manager asks.”
“We practiced this system all week and we made a good job, we defended well, and they didn’t create many chances.”
“The whole team fought well but we would have liked to have least claimed a point.”
“It’s going to be another difficult game against a great team (Manchester City). It could be more or less the same sort of game and approach.”
“We will have to defend well. If we do it like we did against Chelsea, then we will have an opportunity to get something there.”
“It’s going to be a very tough game though.”
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez will be giving his press conference in about 30 minutes for the League Cup tie tomorrow night at Nottingham Forest.
Jamaal Lascelles missed the game on Saturday due to an ankle injury and we expect him to be back in the team tomorrow night.