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Rafa Benitez Talks Tactics Before Bournemouth Game

Newcastle have taken criticism this season for being too defensive in some of our games.

But Rafa has made Newcastle into a good counter-attacking side and certainly, the acquisition of Miguel Almiron will help with that.

Since Almiron arrived it has also coincided with some top form being shown by Ayoze Perez and Almiron has shown he has terrific speed and skill and will likely become an excellent player for us.

And Rafa could well use a back four at Bournemouth on Saturday now that Paul Dummett is available again.

Newcastle don’t have Fabian Schar available since he picked up a two-match ban for getting his 10th yellow card of the season against Everton.

Rafa Benitez – during training

This is what Rafa has said about tactics and that every game is different.

“Every game will be different.”

“You have to realize you have to get the points and be offensive, create chances and score goals if you want to win games.”

“Little by little you improve your position and we can be more open and offensive.”

“Maybe we will have to play counter-attack to beat some teams, like we did against Man City.”

“I think one thing we are doing well is adapting and using our strengths to get the points we want.”

We have now won five of our last eight games and with a win at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday we can reach 37 points and go above the Cherries in the league.

We’ll have to see what formation Rafa uses on Saturday but we could see Newcastle revert to four at the back.

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18 comments so far

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 14, 2019 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed it’s Bournemouth next.

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 14, 2019 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #2

    -for the poll.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 14, 2019 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #3

    Fernandez is a pretty good sweeper has great anticipation of danger earlier in the season he just seemed to be everywhere to put little blocks in

  • Tsunki

    Mar 14, 2019 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #4

    I’m going for a 3-2 win from 2 goals down at Everton. Long shot but I’ve just got a gut feeling..

  • TomaKaThor

    Mar 14, 2019 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #5

    I predict a win,lose or draw. Tbh it really could go any way,could see us comfortably beating them just as easy as I can see us getting comfortably beaten. Depends which Newcastle show up, I have us to win in my accumulator, but then again I always do unless we are playing away against one of the big 6

  • Mag52

    Mar 14, 2019 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #6

    The way it’s gone this season, it could be that Fernandez, out of the picture for some time, could well play on Saturday and put in a performance that would make him hard to drop when Schar returns from suspension.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 14, 2019 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #7

    Jail your comment about Liverpool a few threads ago is unique. Uniquely stupid. To paraphrase ‘they were no big deal until the 60s’….that was rather a long time ago…. Its a bit of, if me aunt had a pair of…… And then the… They had good managers….. Yes so did man u…. And it made them brilliant. Talk about living in the past ffs…

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 14, 2019 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #8

    Mag, it depends how much rafa values the long passing of schar. I think Fernández is another good defender, better defensively than schar…

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 14, 2019 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #9

    Jail, don’t twist this (as you do, habitually) but is rafa only responsible for the good signings like almiron. Or the expensive ones? Of the cheaper ones who do well. If he didn’t sign the new left back, did he want schar? Did he want ki? I’m not sure how you seem to know all that you apparently know…

  • Dondatta13

    Mar 14, 2019 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #10

    I can’t help but feel it’s time for Miggy to open his goal scoring account this weekend.

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Mar 14, 2019 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #11

    I wonder if we get a pen this weekend if Rafa may give it to Ronnie.

    The last one from Ritchie was shite.

  • TomaKaThor

    Mar 14, 2019 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Should be a no brdiner that Rondons on penalty duty for me,not that it matters we have far surpassed our tally for pens this year

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 14, 2019 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #13

    Re sorensen, we are quick to blame Terry Phillips, or the club is. Maybe he just wasn’t very good there? Phillips has said same, ie he just thought the guts he had were better?

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 14, 2019 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Moanster – living in the past.
    It’s just a few weeks ago you were moaning on about 800 years of tryany/oppression by the English.
    But not enough of that to stop you coming to N’cle Uni.

    Dispel your hatred. You’ll feel better.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 14, 2019 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #15

    There’s nothing stupid about it at all and it’s in reference to them thinking they’ve got some divine right to be at the top and to sneer at clubs that have CL aspirations,.

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 14, 2019 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #16

    Longstaff injury.
    A couple on here dismissed out of hand that fatigue could have been a contributing factor to Longstaff getting injured.
    Taking such a stance reveals that there is an element of persons ill informed about sports science/sports injuries.
    Attached is a link about Robert Pires and his ACL injury some years ago.
    Should allow the doubtful to be better informed.
    5 minute – easy read.


  • Munster Mag

    Mar 14, 2019 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #17

    Tuff, I have no idea what you are talking about. 800 years, Liverpool? Wha?? The blog will understand my point that there is no point saying liverpool were crap before the 60/70s. They have been pretty good since then. I have no idea what Jail was on about either. There is nothing wrong with acknowledging another clubs success. Even if we don’t like them.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 14, 2019 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #18

    If you’re practicing stupidity just stop right there, there’s no need, you’ve got it sussed already. You complain everyday about me twisting your words, nearly as much as you travelling the length of Oirland on yer boike to shake Rafa’s little hand. Where did I say Lpool were crap before the sixties, I just said their history wasn’t as good as ours until then. Yet now they call us deluded because we’d like a bit of top six ourselves, they think they have some kind of closed shop that nobody else deserves to be in.


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