The Newcastle squad seems to be in good shape at the moment, and all except goalkeeper Rob Elliot are physically fit though players who have out through injury may not be fully match fit.
Newcastle play at home to Huddersfield Town on Saturday, and at least on paper, this looks like a home banker.
But we have thought that before with some of our games and learned through hard experience that every Premier League match is a massive challenge for Newcastle.
With the players fit Rafa will have to leave some outstanding players on the bench in the upcoming games.
Rafa Benitez – in Spain last week
This is what the boss has told the Chronicle today:
“Everybody has to make sure they are ready and then you make a decision.”
“Even if you think you are right somebody will think it is wrong.”
“It is something we accept now, and make sure everybody competes and does their best.”
“After that, you try to make the right decision on the team and substitutions.”
“We know how difficult it is to win in the Premier League – against anyone.”
“Fulham came to us and they were conceding a lot of goals, but they changed their manager and changed their system to five at the back.”
“We couldn’t find a way to break them down so we have to be careful with that.”
“At the same time, we have to try to get the points in this game.”
“We know there are a lot of other games that we can still get the points we need too, but it is really important to have confidence and belief.”
We have to hope that Rondon or even new boy Miguel Almiron can get us some goals.
Our defense has been steady over the last several games against some of the better sides in the league.
So we hope we can keep a clean sheet on Saturday.
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