Rafa seemed more willing to talk about his future after the massive 1-0 win at the King Power Stadium tonight.
That was Leicester’s first non-win in the last five games (in other words they had 4 on the trot) so it’s an excellent win for us.
That follows the terrible disappointment of somehow being beaten by Crystal Palace at home last Saturday.
It was another fighting performance, and we had a little bit of luck but as Rafa said after the game – we had to almost perfect tonight – to get the win.
Rafa Benitez on the touchline at the King Power Stadium tonight
This is what Rafa has said about his future in his press conference and what Newcastle need to do in the transfer window this summer:
“I have been trying to win titles everywhere in different countries and what I have said before is we have to have a team that can compete.”
“So you cannot go with a team that maybe you can win but you think ‘If it’s a draw it’s a good result’. We need to be stronger.”
“You have the city, we have all the potential. Everyone in Newcastle is supporting the team so it’s massive.”
“Doing a little bit – I don’t say spending £200M – I say a little bit more, doing the right things we can compete against the teams who are between 7th and 12th but we have to do things right.”
“Even if you have a lot of money in the transfer market you can make mistakes. If you have less, it’s even more difficult.”
“You know we were competing against Manchester United when I was at Liverpool with a budget of £70M. It was very difficult.”
“You can do everything right but if the other team has one player, it can be the difference.”
“If you go to sign a player from Leicester now – one of their defensive players – you have to spend £30M.”
“So we have to be more competitive in the window and do things differently.”
We hope there will be some fruitful discussions with Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley before our next game at home to the Saints a week tomorrow.
That will be a tough game, but we need to win to keep the positive momentum going towards the end of the season.