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First quotes from Rafa Benitez Rotherham press conference

5 years ago

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

In his press conference, Rafa Benitez said the way Aleksandar Mitrovic celebrated, showed how good the mood is in the Newcastle camp.

Whether that cameo off the bench gets the Serbian a start tomorrow is something that Rafa wasn’t letting on about.

Vurnon Anita returns to the squad after suspension and the United boss confirmed there were no new injury problems.

Rafa Benitez described Wednesday’s match as ‘important’ rather than ‘crucial’ at this stage of the season.

As for Saturday’s opposition, Rotherham are bottom of both the Championship table and the form table over the course of the past six matches.

Despite this, Rafa claims that they are better than their league position suggests, with ‘good players up front’.

In their past five Championship matches Rotherham have scored in every one of them and scored eight goals in total, though in their past half dozen they have conceded a weighty 16 goals.

Reminiscing about that win over Norwich though and Rafa Benitez was positively glowing, stating ‘These nights you will remember all your life’.

Rafa Benitez:

“Vurnon Anita is back from suspension and everyone who was available on Wednesday is available again.

“We have to ensure the players are prepared for Saturday. We have done some tactical adjustments today.

“The players didn’t give up. For our fans to know the players have the belief, working until the end, that is important for the future.

It (Norwich match) was like a final. It was massive and I’m really proud. These nights you will remember all your life.

“It wasn’t a crucial game but it was important for the confidence of the team and for what we want to do this season.

You have a player (Mitrovic) who isn’t playing…and so to see that kind of a positive reaction with his teammates and manager is great.

“Analysing the (Rotherham) games, they aren’t as bad as the table says. They have good players up front and are well organised.

“We have to be prepared right mentally. We have the experience of losing after QPR so we need the players to keep their concentration.”


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