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Rafa Opens Up On His Future After Fabulous And Unexpected Win

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.

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24 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Apr 12, 2019 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #1


    I hope you are right fella, would be the right time now we are safe.

    Fingers crossed


  • RobLeenio

    Apr 12, 2019 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Simon, sorry forgot to mention your rumour from earlier also. I dunno, though – it seems most of what’s been shared has been originating from across the pond.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Apr 12, 2019 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #3

    Are we for sale?

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 12, 2019 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #4

    I don’t think anyone has mentioned Ritchie, who I thought was excellent tonight. Good passing, crisp crosses, was looking for Almiron more than previous (I wonder if he’s had a rocket) and a very good assist.

    Also Almiron seemed to have a more free role tonight. He was popping up all along the front line, definitely seemed to have more licence to roam.

  • DaveD1000

    Apr 12, 2019 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #5


  • NY Mag

    Apr 12, 2019 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #7

    Was it a good game?

    I missed it, just got off a flight – the suspense was killing me

  • Jib

    Apr 12, 2019 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #8
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 12, 2019 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #9

    Fingers crossed

  • Jib

    Apr 12, 2019 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #10

    It were a cracker

  • NY Mag

    Apr 12, 2019 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #11


    Good stuff – I could have followed text commentary, but decided to stay offline – pleasant surprise to say the least when I saw the score

  • stan anderson

    Apr 12, 2019 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #12

    Why does Vardy wear gloves ? hands cold maybe ?

  • lesh

    Apr 12, 2019 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #13


    Charlie’s said he’s heard a rumour that you’re buying Ashley out……..

  • Jib

    Apr 12, 2019 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #14

    R.I.P. Tommy Smith
    The Anfield Iron
    Shankly said:-
    “Tommy wasn’t born he was quarried”

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 12, 2019 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #15

    NY Mag, it was the game Rafa’s been trying to play all season, strong at the back, made Leicester play in front of us all night, quick on the counter.

    We had plenty of chances and should have won by more. Rondon hit the bar with a belter of a free kick.

    Perez did what he does best, an instinctive finish with no time to think about it from a very good Ritchie cross.

  • lesh

    Apr 12, 2019 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #16


    Thanks for La Bamba…… Loved it 🙂

  • DaveD1000

    Apr 12, 2019 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #17

    La Bamba

  • NY Mag

    Apr 12, 2019 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Thanks Rob,

    I look forward to watching the replay when I finally get home 🙂

  • DaveD1000

    Apr 12, 2019 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #19

    you will enjoy

  • simon376

    Apr 12, 2019 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #21

    Yeah Rob, as you said, when they all start coming together, who knows, we can only hope. Maybe it is nothing and just rumours, but surely one day someone has to come in and buy us, maybe now is the time with safety sorted

  • Pain in the Blog

    Apr 12, 2019 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #22

    Rob #15,

    “Perez did what he does best, an instinctive finish with no time to think about it from a very good Ritchie cross”.

    I agree. Perez is your typical ‘fox in the box’ like Lineker. Does everything instinctively and brilliantly but cannot beat a keeper man to man if he has time to think. He should be played as a striker, which is what he is.

  • chicousa

    Apr 12, 2019 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #23

    A couple things we now know about Almiron:
    1. Damn is he quick, fast too, but unbelievably quick, those first few steps are amazing.
    2. He CAN handle the physical nature of the EPL. Has taken some hits and just gets up and carries on
    3. He is very unselfish always looking to pass if a teammate has a better shot
    4. He has an amazing engine, tireless runner
    5. He is more than willing to get back and defend
    6. He is a bit high strung, needs to be calmer at times. His anxiousness to score is very evident
    7. He is such a likable lad. Already looks like he has bonded with his teammates

    Goals and assists will come. But Miggy is already becoming one of the first names on team sheet!

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 13, 2019 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #24

    Perez may be an instinctive finisher but he is far more than a fox in the box. His touch and defensive know how would allow him to play with a team like City without looking silly. Lovely player.


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