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Benitez On The Value Of Experienced Players And How He Reacts To A Defeat


Rafa Benitez is a perfectionist, and that keeps showing through in the comments he makes.

The Spaniard knows that in essence his job is a teacher and he tries to improve each player and the team as the season progresses.

He did that at Newcastle last season, and it looks like it will be another difficult job this season, although we still think Newcastle have a better squad now than we had last season.

We have also brought in some experience in Salomon Rondon, Federico Fernandez, and Ki Sung-yueng and all are long-term Premier League players.

We didn’t have that level of experience last season.

Rafa Benitez – doesn’t want to be too negative after a defeat

Here’s another piece from his interview in the LMA Magazine where he talks about having experienced players in the squad:

“More experienced players can help to manage the dressing room.“They can guide the younger players and help ensure everyone is working to the same goals.”

“That means the manager needs to be honest with the players about what they think the team can achieve.”

“Your job is to encourage them every day, week in, week out, to reach one target at a time towards the ultimate goal. If you can do that your team will grow stronger and stronger.”

“Of course, it’s also important to ensure the players enjoy their jobs and are self-motivated to achieve their own personal goals, while still working towards the aims of the team.”

“I don’t like to be too negative after a defeat.”“I give the players a little time and then the next day we’ll analyze the video footage and start working on what we can do to improve and what strengths we can build on.”

“When I speak to someone who has made a mistake, I’ll make sure I also show them the positive things they did in the match.”

It’s hard to find a manager who has not been sacked sometime in their career.

Those comments from Rafa are from a real professional who knows his job well and is determined to keep improving himself, his players and his team.

We hope he can do that long-term at Newcastle.

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17 comments so far

  • Jimmy Waff

    Sep 28, 2018 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #1

    Our record with loan players is crap. Can only think of Remy and Kenedy (last season) that’s actually worked in our favour.

    Living life on the bread line in Mike Ashley’s NUFC is so demoralising. Literally praying for someone to buy the club from him and end this misery.

    1
  • Jimmy Waff

    Sep 28, 2018 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #2

    From Craig Hope on Twitter:

    Exclusive: Major blow for NUFC boss Rafa Benitez with key defenders Paul Dummett & Federico Fernandez ruled out of tomorrow’s visit of Leicester & DeAndre Yedlin set for fitness test

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 28, 2018 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Jail my support of nufc for over 40 yrs entitles me to opinions positive or negative. Truly you are a buffoon. 🙂

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  • Rob1971

    Sep 28, 2018 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Craig hope on twitter: Exclusive: Major blow for NUFC boss Rafa Benitez with key defenders Paul Dummett & Federico Fernandez ruled out of tomorrow’s visit of Leicester & DeAndre Yedlin set for fitness test

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  • Rob1971

    Sep 28, 2018 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #5

    Beat me to it jimmy

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  • Jib

    Sep 28, 2018 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #6
  • hibbit

    Sep 28, 2018 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #7

    at the moment no one else has picked up on this story,
    were’s Craig Hope getting it from ????????

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  • Jimmy Waff

    Sep 28, 2018 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #8

    Back line of Manquillo, Lascelles, Schar and Clark for the game tomorrow …

    What could possibly go wrong!?

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  • Toon&oot

    Sep 28, 2018 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #9

    It just underlines the fact you need a strong squad. The fact our owner nicked 20 million out of our club just sums the FCB up. What a fat greedy idiot.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 28, 2018 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #10

    @jimmy

    Just see manquillo name on the timesheet gives me shivers… Royally screwed if that is true.

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  • Pain in the Blog

    Sep 28, 2018 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #11

    hibbit

    Those injuries are reported on the Physio Room website.

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  • Pain in the Blog

    Sep 28, 2018 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #12

    Fernandez and Dummet are hamstring injuries with no return date. Yedlin’s is an ankle injury. He’ll undergo a late fitness test.

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  • hibbit

    Sep 28, 2018 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #13

    Pain in the Blog

    thanks

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  • Tinman

    Sep 28, 2018 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #14

    Jamie Vardys getting excited. Hope I’m proven wrong but I think Maddison and Vardy will be too good for us and we will get beat unfortunately.

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  • Tinman

    Sep 28, 2018 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #15

    I like our chances against Utd next weekend though!!

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  • dig-n-dig22

    Sep 28, 2018 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #16

    I think it would have been a good idea not to broadcast the injuries and let Leicester find out when we gave them the team sheet tomorrow.

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  • toon22

    Sep 28, 2018 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #17

    Our policy of spending the transfer budget on a shop is really paying off

    Ain’t it

    It’s never Ashley’s fault

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