Rafa Benitez says if Newcastle do this they will be in the Premier League come August
Rafa Benitez is rallying the troops.
The United boss asking everybody inside and outside of the club to come together and get us over the Premier League finishing line.
With 38 days of the season remaining, Rafa Benitez has a simple message…’If we win the five games at home then we will be in the Premier League next year’.
Those five victories would ensure Newcastle to have at least 93 points and with the varied form being shown by all the top clubs as the pressure tells, it would surely be enough, even without anything from th three away games.
To beat that 93 points total, Huddersfield would have to win eight of their final nine games.
Rafa says he understands the frustration of supporters at times but with opposing teams sitting so deep, he says it is simply a case of being patient and encouraging the players.
The Newcastle Manager says that after 7 May people can criticise whatever they want but at St James Park in these next five home games, it has to be a United support.
“The fans have been fantastic all season…but we have five games to go at home.
“If we win the five games at home then we will be in the Premier League next year.
“If everyone who loves Newcastle United thinks like this – ‘If we win those five games, we are there’. So they have to do everything to support their team.
“You can talk about tactics, scouting or team selection, whatever you want to criticise at the end, but now is the time to stick together and get three points.
“It doesn’t matter who is playing well, or who is not. After the season ends we can debate and analyse all of that.
“Unity is massive and the fans, the city…everybody needs to be united with five games left at home and three away.
“We have a league now of eight games, come on, let’s win that.
“What we have is 52,000 fans supporting the team, pushing them, expecting them to play well.
“Then you play against teams who are deep, that try to play counter attack, so you have to be very precise with your passing, then everybody can get a little bit nervous if you give it away.
“Everybody is expecting that you have to win and if you are not playing well at the beginning, the fans can get nervous and the players can feel that – it has been the same from the beginning of the season.”
REMAINING NEWCASTLE MATCHES
Saturday 1 April – Newcastle v Wigan (3pm).
Wednesday 5 April – Newcastle v Burton (7.45pm)
Saturday 8 April – Sheffield Wednesday v Newcastle (5.30pm) SKY SPORTS
Friday 14 April – Newcastle v Leeds (7.45pm) SKY SPORTS
Monday 17 April – Ipswich v Newcastle (3pm)
Monday 24 April – Newcastle v Preston (7.45pm) SKY SPORTS
Friday 28 April – Cardiff v Newcastle (7.45pm) SKY SPORTS
Sunday 7 May – Newcastle v Barnsley (12 noon)
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