Speaking ahead of Leicester v Newcastle, Gini Wijnaldum has said that ‘every game is a tricky one’.
The Dutch international sounding a little like he has been ‘McClarened’ – the sacked Head Coach having built up every opposing team in his disastrous spell on Tyneside.
However, with Leicester facing Newcastle, Wijnaldum isn’t wrong on this occasion.
Top of the Premier League and joint top of the recent form league, the Foxes will go five points clear once again if they get the three points.
All eyes are now on Rafa Benitez and Gini Wijnaldum has been impressed with what he has seen, though no player is going to slag off the new Manager!
The midfielder says that McClaren was sacked because of the players but he thinks Benitez can raise the spirits of the team with his experience from working at ‘big clubs’.
Newcastle need to cast aside the negativity and depression that McClaren put in place and ‘inspired’, instead there need to be a real positive approach to the remaining 10 matches and as Wijnaldum says; ‘…nothing is impossible’.
Gini Wijnaldum talking to the official club website:
“Every game is a tricky one. It’s going to be a tough game because Leicester is a really good team, they have really good organisation in their team, and they’re difficult to beat – but nothing is impossible.
“We must have confidence that we can win the game…he (Benitez) is also trying to give us the confidence that we can win.
“You have to prove yourself always and not just because there is a new trainer. Every training, every match, you have to prove yourself, so that’s nothing new for me.
“The first time we met Rafa Benitez was a good one, he gave us a good feeling and it was a good first training – you always look forward to working with a coach who has worked for big clubs with a lot of experience.
“He’s worked at big clubs so everyone thinks that he can bring us further – everyone trained hard of course. I think there was also a reaction. One trainer gets fired, another one comes and everyone trying to show themselves.
“One trainer was fired because of us and because we didn’t get the results that we wanted to, so we have to train hard to get the results that we want to.”