Rafa Benitez has just finished giving his press conference for tomorrow night’s League Cup (Carabao Cup) second round tie at Nottingham Forest – which will be a tough game for us.
And there’s some injury news with Lascelles, Manquillo, and Shelvey doubts for tomorrow night and probably for Saturday’s game at Manchester City.
They will be assessed in the next few days, but with a two-week break coming maybe they will not be risked in the next couple of games.
Matt Ritchie also picked up a knock (knee), and because of the injuries, Rafa says he will give some youngsters a chance tomorrow night.
Rafa Benitez – at his press conference
Rafa has asked for patience and time from the Newcastle fans as he tries to build a top team on Tyneside with little money available from Mike Ashley.
This is some of what he has said:
“This year, you can say what you want, but the transfer window always has an impact on your tactics.”
“Some teams improve by spending more money. We cannot do that.”
“We re-watched the game and I am really pleased with the players in defense.”
“They did what I asked. We did the same last year and we finished 10th. We must improve in attack and transition, but in defense we were excellent and finished 10th”
“My job as a manager is to analyze my squad, then decide what is the best approach to each game.”
“Chelsea spent more in one window than we did in six. Everyone has different ideas and options, but for the squad, we have this approach is fine.”
“We almost got a draw”
“We need time. We need people to be patient. We must keep improving. In defense we are doing well, but we need to improve in attack.”
“Our fans know about our team and why we have to do this”.
“The transfer window always impacts upon your tactics. I’m happy as we didn’t get the points maybe we deserved in first 3 games.”
“But I am confident in the team. It will take some time due to fixtures.”
“January was crucial last year, maybe it will be the same this year”
It almost seems like Rafa is resigned that it will take time to build a top team at Newcastle because of the lack of funding.
But that’s a management and coaching challenge and could further enhance Rafa’s already stellar reputation.
Certainly, he will get the help and support of Newcastle fans everywhere if only he will stay on Tyneside.
We now think there’s a chance he will stay.