Rafa Benitez has been speaking on Friday lunchtime at his Aston Villa press conference.

In his press conference, Rafa Benitez said that with people all around the world watching Newcastle’s second tier game at Villa, it sums up ‘just how important English football is’.

Talking about two players very likely to be starting on Saturday…

Rafa said that playing for a season in the Premier League when on loan at Sunderland means he has no doubts DeAndre Yedlin will have no problems playing in the Championship. The USA international set to play consecutive matches as Vurnon Anita serves his suspension.

As for Yoan Gouffran, Rafa Benitez has once again held him up as an example to others, saying that with the Frenchman training so hard when out of favour, ‘it was just a question of time before you start playing well and scoring goals’.

Despite only 3 wins in their last 45 league matches, Rafa insists that Aston Villa are ‘a big club…with great players’ and he says it will be tough for Newcastle to ‘stay at the top of the table all season’.

As for injuries, the Manager reported that there was nothing of note to report, suggesting that it is still Elliot, Aarons and Gamez as the players still not available for selection, as well as the suspended Anita.

Rafa Benitez:

“This a big game and shows just how important English football is around the world as people will be watching everywhere.

“I’ve said before that you need consistency and I still have the same feeling. One game doesn’t change anything.

“DeAndre Yedlin already has experience in England and is a good player who can do well.

“Yoan Gouffran was training hard, when you have that it’s just a question of time before you start playing well and scoring goals.

Aston Villa is a big club with a great manager and great players.

“In one month, everything can change. We have to keep doing our job and make sure we are at the top of the table.

“It will be tough to try and stay at the top of the table all season, but we will try and do it.

“We have more or less the same injury problems that we had (already).”