Rafa Benitez has just announced his team for the vital game at Southampton this afternoon and it’s an unchanged team from last week which did so well against Brighton and were so unlucky to lose the game.
Salomon Rondon is on the bench along with Fabian Schar who keeps out the fit-again Ciaran Clark.
Ki Sung-yueng is also on the bench for today’s game.
Salomon Rondon– on the bench today
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 27, 2018
This is some of what Rafa said in his press conference yesterday about the game:
“Rondon is available, he’s in the squad. Everyone is available apart from Florian Lejeune and Jamie Sterry,”
“You can see that we signed Rondón as the main striker. We were missing him for games. When he played against Crystal Palace, he was injured and it was a pity.”
“Now he’s fit, hopefully, he can stay fit for a while and at least increase the competition between the offensive players – that is something that is good for any team.”
“I would like to see us play at the level we played against Manchester United at Old Trafford,”
“I didn’t say we were better away – that is not true. But, when you play away and you play the way we play – with the chances we had, the belief and the determination – I like to see the team playing at this level.”
“We have to try and stay calm, and try to reassure the players. What we did last year is the way to change things now – we have to try and do things in the same way.”
“We were talking about the methodology, the training sessions, the approach for the games – a lot of the things we did last year and two years ago and went right – why do we have to change all of these things?”
“Obviously, we are changing little things that we have to improve – we have to make less mistakes, and we have to be more precise in the final third.”
“But, in terms of everything that we have been doing for years and have been successful, we have to carry on like this.”
“When you start changing too many things, it’s a massive risk.”
“It’s a massive risk. When you start changing this and changing that, it could be worse.”
“I think we are so close to being out of the bottom three, and we are so close to winning the first game.”
“We to believe we will do it because we did it last year.”
About two fans in five think we can win this game this afternoon – let’s hope they are right – we need a win!