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Rafa Benitez Pleased With Lots Of Things At The Moment

Rafa Benitez has said he is pleased with lots of things after the five-day warm weather training camp in Murcia Spain.

The lads were able to get some good practice in with the boss in what was sunny weather but still a bit cold.

There’s nothing Rafa likes better than to spend time with his players on the training pitch – he just loves it.

And it was almost the perfect time to do it as we prepare for the 12 game run-in to the season with the team only one single point above the drop zone.

And we start on Saturday afternoon with the first of three games in eight days with a home game against bottom club Huddersfield Town.

Karl Darlow – finally fit again

We simply must win that game – but it will not be easy.

Here’s how Rafa summed up the five-day training camp:

Some players have not been playing, so it is good for them to be involved.”

“I am quite happy with a lot of things.”

“I think to have the chance to be involved is always good – every player needs to play but it is more difficult for the goalkeepers.”

“It was good for him (Darlow) to make some saves.”

“There is a good atmosphere and spirit.”

“The commitment of everyone to the end of the season will be crucial and I can see that the players are happy.”

Karl Darlow has been out injured for a while now, so it was good to see him get some playing time and he did well in that first half against CSKA Moscow on Saturday in the 1-1 draw.

Karl could win his backup goalkeeper place back from Freddie Woodman on Saturday – as we expect Martin Dubravka to continue in goal.

But we’ll have to wait and see what team Rafa names on Saturday afternoon, one hour before the 3:00 pm kickoff time.

Comments welcome.


4 comments so far

  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 18, 2019 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #1

    When did Steven Taylor rejoin the club.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 18, 2019 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #2

    Rumours starting again of takeover (yawning emoji)

  • Genjikai

    Feb 18, 2019 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #3

    Rolando its never stopped as the blog consortium is still the only real creditable money on table offer.

  • toon22

    Feb 18, 2019 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Think I’m suffering from sale fatigue
    It’s been almost 11 years of being sold

    When will it ever end ?


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