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First quotes from Rafa Benitez Monday press conference

8 years ago

Rafa Benitez went in front of the media on Monday afternoon.

The Newcastle Manager giving his pre-match press conference ahead of the game against Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night.

Rafa Beitez has confirmed that he will make changes, which is hardly a surprise as he has made at least three changes in each of the Championship matches so far!

Rafa has indicated that one of those almost certain to start is Aleksandar Mitrovic, with the United boss saying that the returning striker will give Newcastle a ‘physicality’ up front that clearly has been missing so far.

Getting the first away win since December 2015 and a clean sheet, Rafa Benitez is counting on this playing a major part in increasing the confidence in the Newcastle squad.

Rafa Benitez:

Mitrovic can give us physicality. I hope he will do well and score lots of goals. It is a good opportunity for him.

“We’ll change players but we must be convinced we can win – Mitrovic must be calm and controlled…then we will see lots of goals. He is likely to play against Cheltenham.

“We respect our opponents. We know what we want to do and that is to go up, but we want to do well in the cups as well.

“For us, every game is the most important. We have to change some players tomorrow but the players have to be ready to win.

“To win two games in a row has to be the way. We have to be stronger and make sure we can win against anyone.

“When you haven’t won away for a while and you win like we did (at Bristol City), everyone is pleased. Now we have to be more confident.

“It is obvious that it isn’t ideal having this transfer window still open – the players have families to think about  and the uncertainty isn’t good.

Dwight Gayle is a great professional and trains well, he’s scored four goals but we hope he will score many more.”


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