Marco Silva talks about the challenge Rafa’s Newcastle United present – Press conference
Marco Silva is looking to bounce back from the last second defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.
A disastrous blunder from Jordan Pickford lost the game but the Everton boss insists ‘It is important for him to feel the support…we are all together whether you win or lose.’
The scousers have won their last four Premier League matches at home but Marco Silva sees Newcastle as a bigger threat away from St James Park.
The Toffees boss declaring ‘It is a fact Newcastle are achieving better results away from home.’
So far this season, Newcastle have picked up six points at St James Park and the same on their travels.
However, the points at home have come courtesy of two wins with a sizeable six defeats, whereas the six games away from home have brought one win, three draws and just the two defeats – at the two Manchester clubs.
Certainly when it comes to defending Newcastle have fared better away from home, keeping three clean sheets and only conceding six goals in six games, compared to 13 in eight at home.
Though when it comes to scoring goals, Rafa’s team have struggled all season, only six at home and five away.
Marco Silva respects Rafa Benitez and especially his ability in organising teams, believing him to be a very good manager.
Rafa’s record number of wins against any Premier League club is 11 v West Ham but he can level that if his team win on Wednesday night.
A tough challenge but here’s hoping.
“It is a fact Newcastle are achieving better results away from home.
“It’s our goal to win again at home and what I expect is they will come here not with a big difference to last time.
“They have big respect and have good organisation.
“We have to play at our level with speed to create the chances to win the match.
“Rafa Benitez? It is not important for Everton to get one over on him.
“I know his past, he has worked for many clubs, and he is a very good manager.
“It is easy to see how he can organise his teams how he does.
“It is always tough for teams when they are away, that means it will be difficult for us and we have to play at our best level.
“Our fans need to make a fantastic atmosphere to help us win the match.
“It is not important to talk about the top six, our goal is simply to do better than last season (when finished eighth).
“We achieve things step by step and we think game by game, we are taking it from the last match.
“It will be a really, really tough match against a good team with a good manager.
“We have to be able to play with enough speed and intensity to win the match with quality of course.
“Jordan (Pickford) is in a normal way and he has been working as normal with the rest of his team-mates.
“Jordan is a very good goalkeeper. He has given us loads in the past and (will do so) in the future too.
“It is important for him to feel the support…we are all together whether you win or lose because that is the team spirit we have in out dressing room.
“Good character, great professional, and a very good goalkeeper.
“We will show our character as a team against Newcastle”
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