Newcastle were second best last night in London at the Emirates, but manager Rafa Benitez thinks it’s Newcastle’s lack of firepower up front that cost us the game last night.
Newcastle had a bad day at the office last night.
Let’s hope that’s the case because we have a game to win against an in-form Crystal Place on Saturday and we must take something out of that game.
Rafa was trying to get Mike Ashley to pay £16.5M for Salomon Rondon in the summer, and the owner refused.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle weak in the final third of the pitch
And it looks like Rafa will get the same answer this summer with Ashley unwilling to pay out that amount of money for a 30-year-old.
But Rafa has said you have to pay out big money for strikers these days and he said last night we need more strength in that area of the Newcastle team.
This is some of what Rafa said at his press conference in London after the game last night:
“The final third we have been speaking all season, the final third you have to spend £40M £50M, £75M.”
“I think this kind of game is very similar.” “We were close, but it was about chances in the final third.”
“After you have to defend against a team with pace and quality.”
“You have to do things right in defense.
“After we conceded the second goal it became even more difficult for us.”
“We tried to attack but they are a good team at home – they play and pressed.”
“We were pushing at 1-0.” “They need to score the second goal.”
“Both of their goals were scrappy goals.”
“We have to try to get three points against Palace.”
“The next match is the most important.”
“Obviously last week the teams at the bottom, except for Cardiff were winning.”
One thing that Rafa will be wary of is to sign on at Newcastle and then not be supported in this summer’s transfer window.
That’s what’s happened the past two summers, and he must get cast iron guarantees on transfer money being available – not on for the summer – but for all upcoming transfer windows.
Ashley must change the way he runs the club, but it reminds us of that old saying – “a leopard can’t change its spots.”
Another way the saying is sometimes worded is “It’s difficult for a leopard to change its spots.”
The second one is more positive – maybe Ashley can change his ways?