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.