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Rafa Benitez Gives One Of His Star Players 100% Backing


Rafa Benitez seems to have no doubts at all that goalkeeper Martin Dubravka will overcome some of the mistakes he has been making this year.

Last time out Martin should have punched the ball away in the final minute of the game when he was challenged by Willy Boly.

But he was fouled by Boly as the ball hit the Wolves forward and went into the net and they had equalized in the 95th minute of the game.

Martin Dubravka is a real professional, and Rafa says he has the mental strength to overcome the mistakes that every goalkeeper makes at some time during a season.

Rafa Benitez and Martin Dubravka last month

Here’s what Rafa has said about Dubravka as reported in the Chronicle today:

“I don’t need to talk too much about him, he’s the number one ‘keeper and he has my support,”

“You talk to him personally and you see that he’s very, very mature and professional and he’s very focused.”

So that is why I’m quite calm and happy because you know that he can do well.”

He can make mistakes like everyone but you can see the way that he behaves, the way that he carries himself, that he talks.”

“After Wolves I was talking with him, I was supporting him, so he was ok, I think. He was ok.”

It was just one decision and one situation. Hopefully, he will not need to do anything against Huddersfield because the defenders will do their job.”

“Hopefully he’ll just be watching the game.”

“I’ve not said that he’s bullet proof at Newcastle, but it’s the way that you see him training, see him when he’s talking to team-mates.

It’s a huge game for us this afternoon and close to 17 fans in 20 think we will win this game.

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11 comments so far

  • Mag52

    Feb 23, 2019 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #1

    AO.

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  • Jib

    Feb 23, 2019 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #2

    Apparently Ashley is good hurler

    especially into fireplaces

    😛

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  • Mag52

    Feb 23, 2019 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #3

    Team for today :

    Dubravka
    Manquillo Lascelles Lejeune Dummett
    Longstaff Hayden
    Perez Almiron Ritchie
    Rondon.

    We must be wary of expecting too much from Almiron today. It’ll take a few games to get up to PL match speed.
    HWTL – IRWT.

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 23, 2019 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #4

    I’d like to get a hurley to Ashley jib 🙂

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  • martoon

    Feb 23, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #5

    Jib – are you going to SIP today?

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  • martoon

    Feb 23, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #6

    *SJP

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 23, 2019 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #7

    Wales England is always massive too. A day for the high stool. If I wasn’t taxi man 🙁

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  • Zele

    Feb 23, 2019 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #8

    I don’t see Benetez radically changing his formation that has played so well in the previous games.

    Dubravka
    Yedlin – Schar – Lascelles – Lejeune – Ritchie
    Perez – Longstaff – Hayden – Almiron
    Rondon

    Depending upon how the match and scores are progressing I think he will encourage Schar to play in front of the two central defenders just behind and supporting the midfield.

    Perez and Almiron will support Rondon with Yedlin and Ritchie attacking from the wings.

    In the second half I wouldn’t be surprised if:
    Ritchie is replaced by Barreca
    Hayden is replaced by Ki
    Almiron is replaced by Muto.

    Nothing short of a win will do. Three Nil.

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  • Jib

    Feb 23, 2019 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #9

    While not advocating wrapping him in cottonwool
    Rafa has to be circumspect with Miggy
    Adama Diakhaby Terence Kongolo and Christopher Schindler
    all got yellows last week as ‘Udders tried to kick
    the Gunners up aheight.

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  • Jib

    Feb 23, 2019 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #10
  • Munster Mag

    Feb 23, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #11

    Doubt it Express

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