Rafa Benitez, as usual, was upbeat at his press conference today and said some positive things.
He made the point that you have to have ambition but we have to be realistic too – probably a nod to the fact that we don’t have the money to spend like some other big clubs do
The other way of saying that is Mike Ashley will not give Rafa every last penny the club generates – as he promised 15 months ago.
But that’s the way it is, so at least for the moment we just have to get on with it.
Rafa Benitez – we want him doing this again – very soon
But Rafa is clear that he is proud of the way his players are coping with things:
“You want competitive professionals and we have competitive professionals. I think that’s very positive.”
“We will try to manage our squad, get a good result and that’s it. It’s 11 v 11, so anything can happen, and that’s football.”
“We have to approach every game trying to get a result, trying to win. If we can’t, we have to continue doing things in a similar way.”
“I’ll not say exactly the same, but similar – because we were successful last year and very close to getting something off Spurs and Chelsea.”
“When you lose a game in a cup against a team in the division below, then you have to analyze why.”
“We know we have to do better.”
“Nobody knows our players better than us. I have a lot of confidence in them and I’m very proud of them.”
“You have to have ambition, but you have to be realistic. If we want to stay in the PL we have to manage expectations”
It looks like we may be starting the season going through a bad spell like we had during the last two months of last year.
That was 9 games with only one point – so we came through that and still finished in 10th place – and we can do that again – and perhaps even better this season.
Howay The Lads!!