Rafa has rightly said that Burnley will be a difficult game tomorrow night with Burley having come into good form this year.
They are currently 2 points and one place above Newcastle in the league table, and so if we can get the win tomorrow night we will climb above them by 10:00pm tomorrow night
But there’s no doubt about it – the Clarets are currently a team in form and beat Tottenham 2-1 at home on Saturday.
Rafa was also asked about two of our current stars – Salomon Rondon who has 8 goals on the season and local North Shields lad Sean Longstaff who has probably been our best player over the last 8 games.
Rafa doesn’t want any additional pressure put on Sean, but he seems to be taking everything in his stride and not getting carries away.
Sean Longstaff with Rafa Benitez
Rafa has to be delighted with the 21-year-old this season
This is some of what Rafa has said in his press conference today:
“Morale is fine. Everybody is almost fit, we are winning, we play well, we create chances, but there is a problem for me because I have to make a decision about the matchday squad.”
“But everyone is training well. Everyone are great professionals. Only Clark/Elliot out”
“We did well at this stage last year and we know how difficult Burnley will be.” “We approach this game with no complacency.”
“We had control against Huddersfield, which is not just about possession, and we created chances. I hope we can do that again and carry on”
“We knew what we were looking for, we knew him (Rondon) and that he had experience in the Premier League.”
“You have to make decisions.” “We knew Salomon would give us mobility and he is good in the air.”
“He was desperate to come here, so he is someone who has proved he can do a job for the team”
“”He (Longstaff) was doing well in training sessions, and I told him he had to stay until January.”
“He is doing really well and he has been really good.” “In an ideal world, you want players coming from the Academy, keep getting better, and so now let’s not put pressure on him”
“We need him (Longstaff) to stay calm to keep doing well, and not do many interviews so he can relax.”
We had 85% of fans think we could beat Huddersfield in our match poll, but that’s down to less than 60% against Burnley.
A draw would be a decent enough result, but wins are what we need to take us up the league table during the run-in to the season.
We could yet finish in the top ten if we can have a great run-in to this season.