Rafa talked during his press conference today about Jamaal Lascelles, whose partner is expecting a baby – any day now.
We doubt that Jamaal Lascelles will be in the squad for tomorrow’s game, but we will see.
Newcastle are no longer short of good center-backs after the way Fabian Schar and Federico Fernandez played on Saturday against Chelsea.
And with any luck, Florian Lejeune could return for the second half of the season.
Rafa has said he is delighted with the way the defense played on Saturday against the Blues – and they followed instructions and were unlucky not to get a draw.
Rafa Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles
Rafa tells the truth in his press conferences, and he admits that tomorrow night’s game is not exactly the most important game of the season.
This is come of what Rafa has said starting with his comments about Jamaal Lascelles:
“I spoke to him before the game at SJP and when he left the ground. I spoke to him this morning maybe 3 or 4 times because his partner’s baby is due. We are fine”
“As I always say, we will approach this game with the idea to win. But we have to use our squad. It’s another competition, and it’s different.”
“You have to find the balance between the cups and Premier League.”
“Hopefully we can progress, but we need to change players,”
“We cannot lie to our fans and pretend this is the most important game of the season.”
“We want to win. If we can win we will try, but we will make changes because we have to.”
“We want to progress, but it has to be this way”
There could have been an argument last week on the training ground between Rafa and his captain, but it doesn’t seem to have been a big deal.
But of course, the newspapers will play that up.
Rafa will give a game to some fringe players tomorrow night, but hopefully, we can still make it through.
We have one point from three games, but with a bit of luck we could have had five and been unbeaten.
Once we play some lower level teams in the PL, we must start getting those wins.