Even though we lost at Wembley 1-0 on Saturday in the early game against Spurs, Rafa was upbeat but disappointed we didn’t get anything out of the game after another stellar and gritty performance.
But we saw Newcastle more attacking in both halves on Saturday and if we could have taken the chances we had it could have turned out like the win at home to Manchester City. last Tuesday
But it didn’t and we came away with nothing.
But with the addition of new signings Antonio Barreca as an attacking left wing-back and Miguel Almiron as our new number 10, Rafa expects Newcastle to be able to attack more in games.
This is what he has told the Shields Gazette:
“I think that in these kinds of games you know you have to defend, but also our ideas was to go forward when we could if we regained the ball,”
“We did it during the first half when we had two or three situations that were very close.”
“And especially in the second half when we started with one or two crosses, one of which we hit the post from.”
“We also had a chance for Ayoze Perez.”
“You have to defend against good teams like Tottenham, but, after, you have to think about attacking as well.”
“These players, Barreca and Almiron, both are offensive players, they’re fine on the ball.”
“They go forward, they have some pace, and they bring us something that we needed.”
“So, hopefully, they can help the team in attack.”
“Especially because Miguel Almiron’s playing as a No 10, he’s used to playing in this position.”
“So he gives us the competition we were looking for in this position where we didn’t have too much.”
“Hopefully, it will be good and everybody will continue working as hard as they do now, but with more confidence.”
Our next big test is next Monday night away at Wolves who are playing well at the moment.
It looks like Mo Diame, Ki Sung-yueng, and Paul Dummett will all be fit for that game – but no Jonjo Shelvey.
We need all 3 points from the game.