The game at home against bottom club Huddersfield Town on Saturday will not be easy.
And Rafa is reported to be concerned the players could take the match too lightly and expect to win easily.
Rafa points out it will not be easy and that it’s a vital match for Newcastle and all 3 points can help us survive the drop this season.
We are just one point above 3rd bottom Southampton in the league right now.
It’s likely the Terriers will be relegated – but last season we lost 1-0 to West Brom at home when it was clear they would be relegated.
Rafa Benitez – directing things in Spain last week
We cannot allow that to happen with the Terriers.
This is what Rafa has said in the Chronicle today:
“It will be a massive game.”
“But all of the games for us to the end of the season will be like finals.”
“The next one, against a team at the bottom of the table, people are expecting it will be an easy game but I do not see it that way.”
“Their manager says they will fight until the end.”
“We approach the game with confidence but we must also show some respect.”
Fans may also expect an easy win but this game will be challenging and there will be tensions on both sides.
Newcastle must be confident and try to get some early goals in the game.
But it could be close.
What do you think?