To get his point over at today’s pre-Wolves (Cup) press conference, Rafa Benitez went back to his home country to find an expression that best matched Newcastle’s expectations.
The United boss saying that Newcastle United need to realise that they are ‘now the head of the mouse, not the tail of the lion’.
Rafa Benitez apparently wanting to sum up the fact that at this reduced level there are far more expectations on what Newcastle should be achieving.
Maybe the closest thing in England would be the saying about big fish in small pond, as opposed to small fish in big pond..or vice-versa.
In advance of the season we all knew that many teams would be hyped up and come and have a real go at Newcastle United, the visiting players who would be inspired playing in front of fifty thousand fans.
In 2009/10 no visiting team won at Newcastle United in the Championship, this time already two out of four have, suggesting that Rafa’s mice haven’t quite managed to draw the right inspiration every match at St James Park.
Rafa Benitez speaking ahead of the Wolves Cup match:
“We need to realise we’re now the head of the mouse, and not the tail of the lion.
“So, when you are in the Premier League, you are the tail of the lion and some people are happy being the tail of the lion, some prefer to be the head of the mouse.
“When you are at the top, we want to make sure we are strong enough to be sure that we can manage the games.
“Teams will come against us and wait, so we have to make sure we know what to do every time and if we make mistakes, then we carry on.
“If it’s good we can be excited, if it’s bad we analyse on what we need to do and improve things quickly.
“The team needs to have the right mentality and now is the time to realise it’s not a parade – we have to work hard in every single game
“Sometimes you have to give players a run in the team to gain the best from momentum, sometimes you have to change.
“In this case (v Wolves in Cup) we will make some changes, I want to keep everybody on their toes, thinking they can help and make that difference.”