Rafa Benitez is surely the master of the understatement.
After watching his players take QPR apart 6-0 (could have been more!), inflicting the home side’s heaviest ever league defeat in their history, the Newcastle Manager’s simple reaction was:’When you win you go back happy, if you win this way you go back happier’.
Although Rafa did also concede that ‘Everything was almost perfect’ with his night in West London.
However, his focus has already moved from Tuesday night’s thrashing of QPR and is firmly pointed at Wolves on Saturday, saying ‘you cannot relax too much – prepare for the next one’.
To sum this up, the United boss revealed that the players are back on the training ground today (Wednesday), only hours after the six goal win, just as happened on Sunday after the 2-0 victory at Derby.
Having a big squad is of course a massive advantage and last night Rafa Benitez made four changes to freshen everything up and also protect some players from possible injury, the manager revealing that Chancel Mbemba had been left out for that very reason.
Rafa Benitez talking to NUFC TV:
“It was important to get three points, that was the main thing. Really pleased for us, really pleased for the fans.
“When you win you go back happy, if you win this way you go back happier.
“Keep winning, keep with the same mentality – you could see everybody was working very hard. It was very hot and they were working so hard up until the end, I had to make the substitutions and the new players gave us fresh legs.
“Sometimes in this situation (Newcastle had an early goal disallowed), the direction of the team is not the best – but in this case it was perfect, fantastic, and we kept pushing and pushing. Even when we scored the third goal at the beginning of the second half, the team was hungry and wanted to carry on and score more goals.
“It is part of the winning mentality that I think they have already, always thinking about the next game, it is a long race. This mentality is the key if you want to get three points every game.
“This competition is very difficult, I was worried about this game (QPR) beforehand and they were pressing, so we were you can say, either good or lucky, to score the first goal and then carry on – but you can’t think every game will be the same.
“So we have to make sure we are concentrating on the next one (Wolves).
“We normally try to ensure that they train and recover quickly for the next game (Rafa confirmed players back in training today hours after QPR win) – but that us the way in this league, you cannot relax too much – prepare for the next one.”