We don’t know if Rafa will have another warm weather training session next winter becasue we are hoping for two things.
One is that Rafa stays on at Newcastle and the other is that we can make progress in the FA Cup and the League Cup and specifically get past the 4th round of the FA Cup which we have never done under Mike Ashley.
Rafa has worked his magic in those five days and as well as having almost a fully fit squad the team probably created more chances on Saturday in the 2-0 win over the Terriers than during any other Premier League game this season.
It was only 2-0, but we hit the woodwork four times, and there were other chances well saved by the Huddersfield goalkeeper.
The major player responsible for that was new signing Miguel Almiron who showed just how good he can become in a Newcastle shirt under the expert guidance of Rafa Benitez.
Martin Dubravka – in action against Huddersfield
This is what goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has said in the Chronicle about the training in Spain and how the lads are full of confidence at the moment:
“I don’t know how many chances we created out there but Jonas Lossl did an amazing job at the other end.”
“He kept his team in the game.” “I didn’t have to deal with any shots in the game because our players were amazing too.”
“We felt really hungry before the game and wanted to take three points especially at home.”
“The guys showed a great attitude.” “Unfortunately we didn’t score more goals but we created chances.”
“Hopefully we can do the same against Burnley. It is a crucial game.”
“We have to keep this feeling. We worked hard in Spain and we took a lot from that trip and built confidence in training.”
“It was also good for the new players.”
Maybe we can get a few goals tomorrow night against Burnley?
It would be terrific if we can win the game – it would be our fourth successive win at St. James’ Park.
But it will be a lot more difficult than Saturday’s game.
Howay The Lads!!