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Rafa Benitez Urges Calmness For Huge Games Coming Up

One of Rafa Benitez’ characteristics of management that has kept him in good stead, is his calmness under severe and testing situations.

He is remembered for what he did at halftime in the Champions League Final in Istanbul in May 2005 when Liverpool were losing 3-0 to AC Milan.

He looked closely (and calmly) at things while Liverpool players were arguing in the dressing room and made some changes in both the lineup and the way the Reds were playing.

In short that changed the game and Liverpool ended up winning 3-2 penalties after extra time.

That was after Liverpool had scored three goals in just six minutes in the first 15 minutes of the second half to level the scores.

Rafa Benitez – during the home defeat to Arsenal

We need some of that at Newcastle now so we can start winning games – wins are what we need to take us quickly away from the relegation zone.

Federico Fernandez has great respect for Rafa Benitez, and he has described how the lads have been preparing for Saturday’s game at home to Brighton:

“The manager knows what he is doing, he knows what to show us on the training ground and tell us in the dressing room – and we know the wins will come.”

“From outside the pitch, everyone could see that we had the game under control against Manchester United.”

“But this is football. One free-kick from Juan Mata and, with their quality, then that changed everything with their attacking players.”

“Maybe we dropped off too deep, we started defending inside the box, and that cost us the two goals.”

“But, if we were lucky maybe we could have taken a point or even all three. Overall we were there and competing there.”

“There are always details you can improve and do better on – maybe not to concede a foul, and keep the ball for longer, rather than going long – but we know we need to fix these things.”

“We need to manage games better, but that will come over time.”

Hopefully, Rafa’s cool and calm demeanor will rub off on his players as it did last season.

Here are the next (huge) six games coming up for Newcastle.

Sat 20 Oct   Newcastle vs Brighton          3:00pm
Sat 27 Oct   Southampton vs Newcastle       3:00pm 
Sat 03 Nov   Newcastle vs Watford           3:00pm
Sat 10 Nov   Newcastle vs Bournemouth       3:00pm
Mon 26 Nov   Burnley vs Newcastle           8:00pm
Sat 01 Dec   Newcastle vs West Ham          3:00pm

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Genjikai

    Oct 17, 2018 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #1

    Haway the toon lets get some wins.

  • Wayayman

    Oct 17, 2018 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Any London-based NUFC fans on here that want to get involved in the protests? There’s something in the pipeline so let me know if you want to show your support.

  • hibbit

    Oct 17, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #3

    the best possible advice to any fan considering phoning that number DONT

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 17, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #4

    Has the term “a must win game” been ever more appropriate?

  • Online Guy

    Oct 17, 2018 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #5

    In ten years time if this blogs gone you will look back fondly and remember Jib.

    The Frog is now doing a good Job at provoking debate.

    Bring on the reprobates that’s what I say.

    Nancy boys , Out .
    Cedrics, Out
    Mammys boys out.
    Wordy wordsmiths..Fk off.

  • Online Guy

    Oct 17, 2018 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #6


    If decent folk want to ask Questions in a good way and demeanor is polite they are bieng invited by Ashley’s people to ring that number.

    Warning though . Gentlemanly conduct at all times .

  • toon22

    Oct 17, 2018 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #7

    How many more years for us to never compete?

  • Genjikai

    Oct 17, 2018 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #8

    I totally agree, start with a win. Build on from there.
    The next 10 games will decide where we are at at the end of the year.
    Rafa really needs to go for it against these teams.
    I hope we blow them out the water.
    In view if we pick up 20 points from the next 10 games itll set down a marker.
    I think 6 wins 2 draws and sadly 2 losses is on the cards.
    But really all teams are for the taking in the upcomming fixture list.

  • Genjikai

    Oct 17, 2018 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #9

    I know not brilliant but 22 points after 18 games puts us on cause to be safe.

  • hibbit

    Oct 17, 2018 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Online Guy
    the telecommunications regulations/act 2000 would put callers on very thin ice its not a good idea, even you providing the number could be deemed malicious if its thought your intention was to encourage a crime.
    best advice DONT phone

  • Online Guy

    Oct 17, 2018 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #11

    Hibbit , I was gave that number by someone in Ashley’s office and invited to call it. And was actually speaking to Sec in office live .

    Told me to Ring that number as KBA are now taking calls when it comes to any questions relating to NUFC.

    Iv just spoke with KBA Sec , we had a good natter and all very civil and they call me by my first name . Nice people . I can only speak as I find.

  • Online Guy

    Oct 17, 2018 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #12


    I know what you mean and what your saying.

    Anyone can see I’m not trying to encourage a crime with my words ..” be polite” and I really do mean, be polite.

  • Online Guy

    Oct 17, 2018 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #13


    Good advice though , thanks.

  • Online Guy

    Oct 17, 2018 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #14

    ,by the way , did I ever mention that Ofcom are not fit for purpose ?

  • hibbit

    Oct 17, 2018 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #15


  • Online Guy

    Oct 17, 2018 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #16

    Things to do, back soon .

    Hello to Mr Tuff been reading your stuff and you too Ibiza.

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Oct 17, 2018 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #17

    Just logged on and noted the pelters that JIB’s getting. Don’t know what kicked it off today, but as far as I’m concerned anybody who likes John Lee Hooker is ok, and not a Mackem. Those bugg3rs are still listening to the Toy Dolls.
    P.S. I’m not a troll, WUM, shill, ITK, alter ego of Jane or JIB or any other derogatory expression. Just an ordinary Toon supporter blerk.

  • Online Guy

    Oct 17, 2018 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #18

    In ten years time you will look back fondly and say ahhh Jib .. now he was a cnut.

    Can hear Jib laughing .


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