Rafa Benitez has moved to reassure anybody who doubts that he won’t be prepared for Newcastle being the team to beat in the Championship.
With Newcastle the fixture most fans of other clubs were looking for first, the United boss thinks he has a ‘little’ bit of experience in dealing with this.
Pointing out that at Real Madrid, Inter, Chelsea and Liverpool there were plenty opposition teams trying to beat them, he says his approach is that it’s normal and ‘that is good’.
Rafa stated that the only thing which is important, is preparing properly, so that you have a strong team and a defined style of play. Then at the same time be prepared and have a game plan if other teams want to sit deep.
The Newcastle Manager pointed out the problems Spain experienced this week when losing to Croatia, finding it hard to breakdown the Croatian defence.
Rafa Benitez talking to Mick Lowes of Radio Newcastle:
“We have to trust ourselves, the main thing is to be sure that we are strong enough. Try to do well from the first game – everybody will be expecting ‘Oh Newcastle has to win‘ but we will see what happens.
“We have to be ready, that is the main thing, We do not fear or worry about anyone, it is just about ourselves, approach every game and try to win.”
‘Everybody else around the country will be saying that is when we play Newcastle, that is when we have the big one’
“Fortunately I have some experience in these things.
“When I was training Real Madrid, Inter, Chelsea or Liverpool – so it is normal ‘this is the game we have to beat them’ – that is good.
“I was talking with some players this summer about the future. The teams they will be deep, waiting with, we will see each game that we have to have a game plan in case they play deep. We saw Spain with problems against Croatia – they were behind the ball and with one counter-attack they won the game.
“You have to be prepared for these things, you have to be prepared for the whole season – a strong team, that we have our style of play and we want to play a certain way.”
Rafa has also stated that he has three or four signings lined up, which are only being held up by people at other clubs attending the Euros and holding up deals, the manager believing that once people are in place he could make up to three signings in one week.