Rafa Benitez has just finished his press conference this afternoon for the difficult game at Wembley tomorrow against Tottenham, who are 3rd in the Premier League.
We are hoping we can take something out of this game after our fantastic 2-1 home win on Tuesday night at home to Manchester City.
Nobody expected that shock result.
But Tottenham will be ready for us.
Rafa Benitez at a previous press conference
Rafa was very pragmatic but upbeat in his press conference and he still has to make a decision on whether he will stay on Tyneside.
This is some of what Rafa has said in his press conference:
“I am happier than I was before. I am pragmatic and realistic. We are better equipped for the challenge now.”
“I knew we were trying to do things all month, like with Lukaku, but in the end, we signed two offensive players who have a real desire to do well.”
“Some people said: ‘Rafa will not stay unless they sign players.’ No, I will stay balanced and make a decision later, it doesn’t have to be now.”
“We have plenty of time to sit down and talk. I am just focusing on Tottenham and that’s it for now.”
“Maybe some people didn’t understand my approach (not commenting on transfers), but I was trying to do my best for the city.”
“Everything can affect our confidence and mood. I tried to stay calm. In the end we did it, and now I will try to keep us up”
“Diame has been training but is not ready for this game. Joselu has been training. Dummett, Ki, Elliot & Shelvey are very close now”
“Hopefully they will be available against Wolves.”
The game at Wolves is a week on Monday.
Seems like he sees Barreca more as a left winger.
Most fans think this game tomorrow will end in a draw – we would take that.