Rafa Benitez ‘I don’t see any fear’
Rafa Benitez is trying every trick in the book to try and get these Newcastle United players in the right condition to face Swansea and this relegation run-in.
With only the free from suspension Jack Colback and back from injury Paul Dummett added to his starting options, Rafa has to basically rely on the same group who failed against both Norwich and Southampton.
Training them as hard as he can, Rafa Benitez is also trying to get the team mentally right for the challenge.
He says that he has been training them well and the players are giving everything – so now all they need to do is start well and get a little bit of luck…
Rafa believes that only one thing is important – and this is that all players must come off the pitch knowing that they have done everything they could have done to win the match.
I wonder which players honestly believe they have done this all season…
“What I see is a group of players training really well, trying to do what we want to do and I don’t see any fear.
“I know that they are really upset and disappointed because of the last result against Southampton and the way we played in the first half.
“So hopefully they will show the fans tomorrow what the fans are expecting from them – fight until the end, giving everything – and that has to be the key for us for the next games.
“What you have to do is what we are trying to do every day – train well, give them clear instructions about what to do, and in football sometimes you need a little bit of luck. So if we score the first goal, maybe we will see the quality of these players in the whole game.
“The only thing I am asking them, and the only thing that everybody is expecting from them, is that they have to give everything. They have to finish the game without regret that they left something there.
“These four home games are really important because the fans have been fantastic for the team – they can make the difference.
“In the game against Sunderland, the reaction of the players thanks to the fans at the end helped to get us one point so I think in this case, if we don’t make mistakes, if we can go ahead at the beginning, the fans will help and the players will run even faster, if it’s possible…
“The fans have to be sure that the players will give everything, and they will be behind them.”
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