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Rafa Wary Of An Improving Burnley Side


Rafa Benitez is well aware that Burnley were 7th in the Premier League last season.

But they had a poor start to the season but now seem to be pulling away from the relegation zone.

Hopefully, that’s what Newcastle will continue to do in our final 11 games.

The Clarets are well managed by Sean Dyche, and they are now two points above us in the league, and this game promises to be very close tonight.

But Rafa will try to win the game, and that’s true for all of the remaining games of the season.

Sean Dyche and Rafa Benitez met earlier this season

It would seem that a point would be decent for us tonight and Rafa was asked in the Chronicle if he would take the point tonight:

“To be fair we approach the game to get three points.”

“We know there is not much time between the games but it is more or less the same for them.”

“We have to cope with that.” “We have to be sure we approach the game with confidence rather than overconfidence.”

“Remember they are doing well and they are eight games unbeaten.”

“They are a strong and physical team that are doing well.”

“Away from home they have a good record so I think it is a very important game for both teams because we are very close together in the table.”

“And we have to be sure we have the confidence approaching the game thinking we can do well but we have to be aware they are a dangerous side.”

“He’s (Chris Wood) a good player who is strong and both the strikers are in form and scoring goals.”

“They are competing against the centre-backs.”

“We have our game plan but not just for him because they have so many strong players that we have to deal with.”

Two in three fans think we can get all 3 points tonight and if we can do that we’ll be flying with four wins in our last six league games.

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60 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Feb 26, 2019 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Well the sun is coming out…My son has just suggested a few beers at The Pav around 3pm

    Sets us up lovely for the match tonight, might even don the sunglasses, bit of Neil Diamond on the mobile and just pretend to be back in Florida (Backworth back drop could be mistaken for Florida after a few beers)

    Anyway, its lovely having a bit of space between us and bottom 3 – we were never in any fear in my opinion.

    Enjoy your day boys

    (Roger’s off to Leicester…Can the day start any better !!!)

    5
  • Jib

    Feb 26, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #2

    I thought I noticed a certain frostiness between
    Klopp and his captain when he was subbed at
    Old Trafford.
    News coming out now of a massive bust-up
    between Henderson and the German in the
    changing room post match.

    3
  • geordietom

    Feb 26, 2019 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #3

    martoon…

    you hit the nail on the head with your comment …

    i played football with a lad who player for Newcastle his name is Phil Leaver very good player he discovered girls and drink after playing a couple of games in the league cup …
    he could of went on a made a good living out of the game instead he ended up working at wallsend sports centre …

    1
  • geordietom

    Feb 26, 2019 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #4

    Sweet Miggy Almiron bang the goals in da da da…

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Feb 26, 2019 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #5

    martoon, girls and fast cars? Give me early nights and a diet of kale any time

    😉

    2
  • Tsunki

    Feb 26, 2019 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #6

    “Tsunki
    I thought your footy knowledge was greater !
    Sam has had his moments of boring shite but
    Bolton in their pomp were a fine side and he
    shocked everyone at West Ham”

    Oh jib me old sparsely- curranted pancake, i never said SA wasn’t perfectly serviceable. Comparable? Nope.

    5
  • RobLeenio

    Feb 26, 2019 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #7

    For your viewing pleasure and delight, yesterday was the 13th anniversary of that outside of the boot finish from Nobby Solano vs Everton

    https://twitter.com/NUFCThreatLevel/status/1011919108907118592

    2
  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 26, 2019 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #8

    Rob, with you on the early nights but a diet of kale? Give ya heed a shake marra!

    4
  • Jib

    Feb 26, 2019 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #9

    No on e compared them other than to say
    their transfer dealings had similarities.

    0
  • martoon

    Feb 26, 2019 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #10

    geordietom @3 – Aye probably plenty of young pros you could name as well.
    Robleenio @5 – Aye I think I’m getting to that stage too!

    0
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 26, 2019 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #11

    Perez getting some stick on here
    Bloody hell feel sorry for the lad – he has had to plough a loan furrow all season trying to link up with the midfield and Rondon.
    At last he has got some help in Almiron and with two ball playing centre halves and a midfielder in Longstaffe who can get up and down the pitch – the rest of the midfield don’t have to play so deep
    i.e. Diame and Shelvey in the past which ends up our only way out was hooooooof.

    Like to see at corners for Burnley – leaving Almiron up the pitch near the half way line – frightening the bloody life out of them.

    reading between the lines RAFA might leave Almiron on the bench for the first hour as he has mentioned not up to full speed due to the American close season and two games in three days might be to much

    6
  • Ben Afri

    Feb 26, 2019 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #12

    geordietom #9 from previous thread

    That is such a shame. I would give anything to have had a shot at playing professional. I lacked that kind of coolness on the ball or the skill if I’m being honest. But I’ve always had determination, a quality lacking in so many wasted talents

    0
  • RobLeenio

    Feb 26, 2019 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #13

    micky, I forgot to mention it’s a diet of kale on a large donner washed down with a few sherberts. Still, the intention is there
    😉

    1
  • martoon

    Feb 26, 2019 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #14

    RobLeenio – I’m so stupid I thought it was a typo for ale 😀

    4
  • Dragon64

    Feb 26, 2019 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #15

    Should be good game tonight going 3-1 toon ?

    0
  • neverwin

    Feb 26, 2019 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #16

    I think it is a pleasure watching the way Sean Longstaffe has taken to the first team. Against Huddersfield especially.
    BUT lets keep the hyperbole to a sensible level. How many times have we seen youngsters fall away. From all accounts this should not happen this time.
    In this type of situation The Chronicle really boil my piss. One article today calling him a “WONDERKID”. Jeez – typical of them.
    Just let him hopefully progress naturally – he has the right manager to ensure so.

    2
  • dig-n-dig22

    Feb 26, 2019 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #17

    Earlier thread regarding Rogers to Leicester.

    TBH I think even John Carver could finish top 2 managing Celtic in the SPL.

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 26, 2019 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #18

    ComparisonRisultato
    1. Noun
    a consideration or estimate of the similarities or dissimilarities between two things or people.

    Munster Mag

    Aug 10, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #26
    Part of the problem is that Rafa is a bit like Sam allardyce. Likes to dabble in the market and feels he can improve players. But often he doesn’t.

    7
  • Spoof

    Feb 26, 2019 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #19

    Charlie, Rafa has hinted that changes may be made due to having 3 matches in 8 days, picking up your point where the central midfielders don’t have to play so deep to get the ball would that not be ideal for Shelvey, for the last 2 seasons Shelvey has arguably been our best player playing very deep and at times being our only outlet with his hollywood passes, but allowing Shelvey to play further up field would surely help him greatly.

    I feel that Rafa will start with Almiron, the lad only had a cameo role against Wolves and was taken off against Huddersfield, I doubt that he was taken off for tactical reasons so hopefully he was taken off to protect/preserve him in readiness for tonight’s match, next up is West Ham away, I believe he could be rested their rather than at home.

    1
  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 26, 2019 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #20

    Never had any fear of Rafa leaving for Leicester. Even if he was not at a club, don’t see the appeal for Rafa to go to Leicester if I’m honest. The only fear I have is Rafa leaving at end of the season which is a real possibility.

    0
  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 26, 2019 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #21

    See blackoool owners have been removed. Amazing news for them. I don’t follow much of them and only kept tabs when longstaff was there. Can you attribute the fans role in them being removed? I know it was finally down to the high courts but I’m hoping you can attribute the boycotts and protests to the end result too. They deserve that.

    3
  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 26, 2019 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #22

    Leicester going for Rodgers is a bit odd though, they got rid of puel as his possession based style wasn’t going well with the fans or players. So they go for another possession based manager.

    3
  • martoon

    Feb 26, 2019 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #23

    ronaldo aarons @20 – I can’t agree I think Leicester would have been a very attractive proposition to Rafa, decent squad, well run club, good owner etc. It’s obviously attractive enough for Rodgers to leave Celtic mid-season!

    1
  • Jib

    Feb 26, 2019 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #24

    Thanks Jail
    You see no comparison made .
    He only talked about dabbling in the transfer
    market.
    Very generous of you to back Munster up

    1
  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 26, 2019 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #25

    RobLeenio
    Feb 25, 2019 at 7:40 PM
    Comment #13
    Ronaldo, you’re the fount of all things interesting and novel this evening, thanks for sharing all these snippets. It’s great to see Sterry and Sorensen back, even if for a limited time.
    …………………………….
    What can I say, to use what passes as English for many teens around England, man was on dis ting!

    2
  • kc2012

    Feb 26, 2019 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #26

    Not really been on the blog this week to check but does anyone know the situation with Barreca? Hasn’t been on the bench last couple of games has he?

    Also, seeing some very big compliments paid to Achraf Lazaar online again, not just from Sheff Wednesday fans but championship fans in general. I wonder if there would be any way back for him at the toon if he pushes on and keeps repeating his championship debut performance which was apparently outstanding.

    He looks better than Manquillo defensively and better than Kenedy going forward so it’s hard to see what went wrong with him. Can anyone even remember him playing for us?

    Anyway big 3-1 win Tonight. Rondon, Almiron and Dubravka 30 yard overhead spinning heel flick, top bins! No problem

    1
  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 26, 2019 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #27

    Nicky the ball tosser
    Feb 25, 2019 at 10:04 PM
    Comment #32
    … Aarons is a stiff etc.
    …………………………..
    That’s harsh bro

    2
  • martoon

    Feb 26, 2019 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #28

    I still think Rafa will start with the same team as Saturday because realistically this game is still a good chance to get 3 points whereas away at West Ham is a lot tougher so I would expect the team changes to be made then.

    1
  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 26, 2019 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #29

    Kc

    Did not really do anything wrong when he played for us, although his defensive positioning was a potential issue. However it is thought that Lazaar did not carry himself properly in training.

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  • Mag52

    Feb 26, 2019 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #30

    Perez, who IMO has has a pretty good season so far, could well show us his best in the matches ahead alongside Almiron, as also could Kenedy if the Huddersfield game is anything to go by.
    Team for tonight :
    Dubravka
    Yedlin Schar Lascelles Lejeune Dummett
    Longstaff Hayden
    Perez Rondon Almiron.

    (Almiron to take the penalties – dinked over the goalie, straight down the middle)

    2
  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 26, 2019 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #31

    Martoon
    Good for Rodgers because he wants back in the premier league.

    Admit they have good players but that’s not unique to Leicester. They may appear to be well run with good owners but they’re not exactly supportive of their managers. I don’t think much of their fans either.

    For me though, Leicester are small club. Look at the clubs Rafa has had and the potential they’ve had, recognised names around the world. Take the title win away, Leicester are not on any level or appear to have the potential to be a good European team.

    0
  • Spoof

    Feb 26, 2019 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #32

    Ronaldo’s @ 31

    Are we a big club, I would say no, we could be, but not with Ashley at the helm.

    1
  • kc2012

    Feb 26, 2019 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #33

    Lindisfarne

    Cheers. That’s what I kind of thought about maybe a training issue. I think a few of our former players have maybe been abit off in training and frozen out which is possibly what Mitro’s situation could’ve been aswell.

    Shame really but hopefully he can earn another shot.

    0
  • Spoof

    Feb 26, 2019 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #34

    My view on Rodgers going to Leicester is that a possibly good replacement for Rafa ( if he decides to leave ) is no longer available.

    2
  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 26, 2019 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #35

    Spoof
    I did mention potential too, that was meant for us. We may not be ‘big’ but we are one of a few clubs in England that have the potential to be a very big European club.

    But yeah, I actually would say we are a big club, obviously with a small time owner. It’s subjective as what defines a big club? People still say Villa and Everton are big clubs.

    Look at the teams Rafa has been at since Valencia. All top teams with us being the only one more based on potential. Rafa has said it many times about the potential we have.

    You put Leicester there and I don’t see it at all. Again very subjective and people will disagree. Just didnt see the worry of him going to Leicester. The only thing to worry about of Rafa leaving is Mike Ashley.

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Feb 26, 2019 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #36

    Spoof, no way Brendan Rogers would have come here. He may have wanted to get back to the Prem, but why would he do so to work for Ashley?

    Ashley needs to do one of 2 things – sell or raise his reputation withing the game. The first is the easier route by this point.

    3
  • martoon

    Feb 26, 2019 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #37

    kc2012 – I think the situation with Mitro is that his style didn’t quite suit Rafa which has been said by Mitro himself in interviews at Fulham with no apparent animosity. If you look at Mitro’s replacement Rondon you can see exactly what Rafa was looking for (and he got it). Even the naysayers on here would surely admit that Rondon is a step up from Mitro!

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 26, 2019 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #38

    Wow Jib,
    Rafa is a bit like….. isn’t a comparison.
    A Mcvities digestive is a bit like a Hovis is a comparison though.
    That car is a bit like that car.
    Do you need it spelling out again Jiblets as to what a comparison is.

    1
  • martoon

    Feb 26, 2019 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #39

    Has anybody considered there is now a vacancy at Celtic that Rafa could be interested in. He could win cups & titles and get into the Champions League – NO me neither 😀

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 26, 2019 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #40

    If Rafa says we’re a big club that’ll do for me.

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