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Rafa Press Conference – Boss Talks About Burnley And Impact Of Almiron

Rafa Benitez had just finished his press conference this afternoon for the vital game at home against Burnley tomorrow night – which has an 8:00pm kick-off time.

There are no new injuries, so only Elliot and Clark are not available for tomorrow’s night’s vital home game.

Rafa has said Burnley will be a different game than against Huddersfield, and he was asked about the impact of young Miguel Almiron – who had a terrific home debut on Saturday.

What’s not to like about this lad?

Rafa Benitez – at his press conference

Here’s some of what an upbeat Rafa has said in his press conference:

“Everybody apart from Clark and Elliot is available, it is a good problem to have.”

“We know they will be physical and tough. Burnley will be a different challenge for us.”

“Almiron did really well. Everything we were expecting, he did.’”

“He has no problem with physicality.” “In training, he plays with the same style and he’s not scared.”

“Hopefully he won’t have bad tackles anymore.”

“The fans were delighted with Almiron’s contribution and you could feel the crowd get excited.”

“Maybe I was the most nervous person in the ground on Saturday because I knew how important the first goal was.”

“But we did well and, in the end, the fans appreciated that”

Less than six in ten fans think we can win this game tomorrow night and no doubt it will be more difficult than the game against the Terriers.

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22 comments so far

  • jayphoto

    Feb 25, 2019 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #1

    Must be tempting to play Clark purely on the basis that Burnley HATED him at set pieces at Turf Moor! If it’s out of him and LeJeune though (in any system) im not sure he’s getting a look in!
    I think that 11 that started against Huddersfield will be the 11 that plays Burnley as Burnley are probably going to sit deep and try and win through set pieces and I think its our best team to break down a deep defence! Big game for Lascelles as hes going to need to get his head on alot! Similarly, big game for Dubravka and hes going to need concentration, can see him not having much to do for long periods but Burnley popping a few balls just around his crossbar!

  • jayphoto

    Feb 25, 2019 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #2

    on Hayden, never actually rated him that highly but this last 8 weeks has changed my mind! I think he suits playing alongside Longstaff too! Longstaffs simple retaining of the ball, aswell as his constant movement means Haydens always got the option of a simple pass and isn’t try to complicate play, just ticks it over.
    Loving longstaff in the side.. guy plays like a Collie dog on a visit to the beach… never stops running and just looks like every minute is the best day of his life! Never hides either…Interestingly i was led to believe Matty was the bigger prospect too so if thats the case and Seans this good…..imagine 2 geordie brothers dominating our centre mid for 10 years…

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Feb 25, 2019 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #3

    I agree Jay. Shelvey always comes back looking for the ball from the defenders. If they can pass it themselves he may be redundant. I think he’s earned a shot though.

    I don’t rate Clark, but he’s good in the air. This is the one game I’d consider him. Burnley have no plan B, they will sit tight and pump long balls at their big strikers.

  • geordietom

    Feb 25, 2019 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #4

    jib …

    yep on the haddock shop … Stag line building where the stairs are look down its ( was ) just there … are we
    on the same page JIB???

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Feb 25, 2019 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #5

    he’s injured anyway

  • Jib

    Feb 25, 2019 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #6

    The dry dock on Clive street (where the new flats are)
    where they used to repair fishing boats was called the
    Haddock shop

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 25, 2019 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #7

    For me Longstaffe over Shelvey all day.
    Longstaffe gets up and down the pitch passes long and short can shoot and cross and tackle
    Shelvey can pass but does little else – tends to sit to deep in front of the back for and takes the ball of the defenders.
    With Schar Lejuene on the team Shelvey would be wasted as Schar and Shelvey can bring the ball out of defence pass short and long.
    Took a long time but I love the set up at the moment 3 at the back with Yedlin and Ritchie playing as wing backs – much more movement on both flanks and Dubravka a lot happier having someone to pass to instead of hoofing

  • geordietom

    Feb 25, 2019 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #8

    jib … down from the stag line building are we on about the same one … only asking as i’ve not been back home in over 20 years so everything has changed …

  • jayphoto

    Feb 25, 2019 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #9

    The other positive, and one that’s probably more important than Shelvey or Diame, is that this system allows for the 3 amigos, Rondon, Almiron and Perez to interchange, it terrified Huddersfield, so effective and difficult to cope with

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 25, 2019 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #10

    And forgot Longstaffe has a much better temperament than Shelvey

  • Jib

    Feb 25, 2019 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Aye if you stood at the end of Howard Street and
    looked down it was between Clive Street and
    Liddell Street.

    An uncle of mine who was in the building trade
    told me just after WWl when he was a young
    apprentice working there , there were
    56 pubs and 57 brothels on Shields quayside.

  • jayphoto

    Feb 25, 2019 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #12

    Off topic..
    But if Newcastle did decide to start with Ki and Diame (perfectly possible) then we would have a starting 11 made up of 11 different nationlities with a player from every continent…. Has that ever been done in premier league history, or even european history before??
    Slovakia, Usa, Swiss, English, French, Scottish, Senegalese, Korean, Paraguayan, Venezuelan, Spanish…..

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 25, 2019 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #13

    Yes we did it earlier in the season
    Actually I think it was the first time in history a team has fielded 14 (including subs) players from different countries

  • Jib

    Feb 25, 2019 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Listening to some of the witness testimony of
    fans who lost their kids at Hillsborough.
    Quite harrowing
    South Yorkshire police in general not coming
    out of it very well.

  • jayphoto

    Feb 25, 2019 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #15

    if we had a bench of Elliot (irish) Fernandez (arg) dummett (welsh) Atsu (Ghanaian) Kenedy (Brazil) Muto (Japan) and Barrecca (Italian) we’d actually have a squad complete of 18 different nationalities…. just amazing how Rafas had to cover the globe to find players cheap enough for ashley to ok

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Feb 25, 2019 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #16

    On topic, our defense has to be on point Tuesday, Woods and Barnes are a handful.

    Barnes is a windup merchant that will says things, pull and tug and try a push out defenders around to piss them off, they need to be cool, calm and collected.

    If they can be I’m sure our forward line can get the goals we need, Burnley are no pushover that showed this weekend against Spurs.

  • Jib

    Feb 25, 2019 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #17

    WIndies vs England 3rd ODI
    Start delayed due to rain

    Ha ha ha

  • geordietom

    Feb 25, 2019 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #18

    jib …

    only brothel i ever went in was the jungle mate did’nt know it at the time …

    waiting for YEAH RIGHT LMFAO…

  • geordietom

    Feb 25, 2019 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #19

    JIB …

    wander if your uncle knew my grandad he work there till he was 80 odd years he lost a couple of fingers working there …

  • geordietom

    Feb 25, 2019 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #20

    wonder #19

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Feb 25, 2019 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #21

    People have short memorys on here
    Last month it was shelved for England ,he is the best thing since sliced bread
    Now it’s he has been made redundant
    Because of our recent cm pairings
    Tbh shut up with your drivel
    Its imperative we have a squad not a starting 11
    We need to be able to deal with injury also congested fixtures etc etc
    All the centre mids need to be kept happy
    And we have seen longstaff a handful of times
    Lets see what he is like in another few months
    Probs according to the people on here he be rubbish

  • manxpie

    Feb 26, 2019 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #22

    Fusk me wat a goal wat a hit


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