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Rafa Benitez Burton press conference: Hoping to win in game number 1,001

4 years ago
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The Rafa Benitez Burton press conference has taken place on Friday lunchtime.

The United boss celebrated his 1,000th match as a manager with a win on Wednesday and now wants to make number 1,001 a similarly happy experience.

Rafa Benitez says that it’s no problem for him to go from taking games at Real Madrid to visiting Burton’s Pirelli Stadium, the United boss declaring ‘I just want to do well for this great club and these people.

The Newcastle Manager says that they come up against a Burton side with a ‘good team spirit’ and an impressive home record. Nigel Clough’s team have lost only three times at home this season and with five wins and two draws they have accumulated 17 points at the Pirelli Stadium.

In contrast, away from home Burton haven’t won any of the 11 matches and picked up only five points from a possible 33.

As for strengths, you have to look at only seven goals conceded at home for Burton, with only Brighton and Derby bettering that record.

A major challenge on then for Rafa and his players but as he says: ‘When the team is doing well, scoring goals and keeping clean sheets, as a manager you have to be very pleased’.

Rafa Benitez Burton press conference:

“There are so many games now and it’s difficult to be in charge for a long time, so I’m very proud (to reach 1,000 games).  Plus we won v Wigan (the 1,000th) and that is the most important thing.

“No problem (going from Real Madrid to Burton). I just want to do well for this great club and these people.

“Burton have very good team spirit and they work very hard. At home they are doing well.

“We know the situation with (Atsu’s) contract… He knows that I am happy with him.

“I’m happy with the squad. We have different players that we can use in different positions.

“When the team is doing well, scoring goals and keeping clean sheets, as a manager you have to be very pleased.

“We are at the top of the table and we want to stay there. Brighton are doing well, so we can’t stop doing what we’re doing.

 “I was trying to do everything (as a young Manager) at first and then after a bit you let your staff help you.”

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