Maybe some of our players are not the best in the world – but everyone in that side gives 100% in every game.
That’s one thing Rafa Benitez is emphatic about is that anybody who is not willing to give 100% in training and in games is given short shrift by the famous Spanish manager.
And that’s only one reason why Rafa is so well-liked by the Geordie faithful.
All they have ever asked from their team is they try to do their best and never give up.
That also happens to be one of Rafa’s motto for players.
We remember when former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said before a game against Rafa that the one thing you can be very sure about with a Rafa Benitez team is they never give up.
As we said before – we may not (yet?) have the best players in the world but players – epitomized by the likes of Lascelles, Ritchie, Rondon, Dummett, and Schar – to name only five.
But we do have players who play all out for the shirt in every single game.
Rafa Benitez – his players are playing for him and the Newcastle shirt
They are proud to play for Newcastle and they are the type of players Rafa continues to look for.
Rafa Benitez has talked to the Chronicle today and he points out how the side has changed from when he first took over just over three years ago:
“But you can see that against Tottenham we only had 10 players on the pitch and we beat them 5-1.”
“We were growing,”“Two years ago in the Championship, you could see the belief and togetherness in the team. Last season, to finish 10th was exactly the same.”
“The players care; they work hard for the shirt and for the fans.””The Everton game was another example.”
“These players work really hard. Without that spirit, we wouldn’t have won against Everton.”
Next game for Newcastle is (very) slowly coming up – and its next Monday night at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal.
It’s another game Rafa and our players will be hoping to win.
We have three wind and 10 points from our last five games.
If we can keep that up in the last 7 games and get 14 points – we’ll finish on 49 points for the season.
That would be excellent!