Rafa Benitez

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We are acclimatising fine but we can be better and hopefully we will be better. We have to defend better – not concede two goals – and also attack better and keep the ball.feedback
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Oct 15 2017
Rafa Benitez has most recently been quoted in an article called I feel pity for the fans - Benitez frustrated after Newcastle held to draw. Rafa Benitez said, “But I am still pleased.”. Rafa Benitez has been quoted a grand total of 67 times in 34 articles.
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Oct 06 2017

As soon as I made the decision to make Jamaal the captain of Newcastle United, he rose to the challenge and he has developed as a player and a character. He has proven himself to be a very good leader and a good role model too.feedback

Oct 06 2017

He has also improved as a player, responding well to our advice and guidance and getting better with every game.feedback

Oct 01 2017

It's quite difficult for Jürgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino. They have to build teams good enough to compensate for the difference. They can win the title but it's hard. The only way is to be really good one year and hope two or three of the others have bad years at the same time.feedback

Oct 01 2017

We had 86 points one year and finished second behind United. You can be Leicester and win the title because the three or four top teams were not performing but probably 90% of the time the title winners have the most money.feedback

Sep 30 2017

[Manchester] United had around £50m more every year, but people said I had to compete against them every year. After, there was Chelsea. At that time, it was Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United. Now you have Manchester City and Tottenham, as well as PSG and the others. But it's always been similar.feedback

Sep 30 2017

Leicester won the title because three or four top sides were really bad and were not performing.feedback

Sep 30 2017

The reality is, the teams that have won the title, probably 90 per cent of the time, are the teams with the most money.feedback

Sep 30 2017

When I arrived at Liverpool, the budget was £20m gross. When I left, it was £17m, but still people said I must win the title, I must compete. If other teams maybe aren't doing too well, you can be there. We had 86 points one year and finished second. Why? Because United were there. At that time, it was Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United. Now you have Manchester City and Tottenham, as well as PSG and the others. But it's always been similar.feedback

Sep 24 2017

I think that we did enough to get a point at least. We had some chances, they had some chances. We had a lot of control and some chances at the end.feedback

Sep 24 2017

I was happy before the game and not so happy after the game. It is a long way to go so we have to keep going and keep improving.feedback

Sep 24 2017

I think we are more focused now on football. That is the way when you have the transfer window - it makes it hard to concentrate on the football. We are trying now to do that. You can see still we are short in areas, but when we do well as a team we can compete and beat anyone. The small margin is the key for us, so we can get something from these games.feedback

Sep 24 2017

Our fans are very clever. We were talking about three wins in a row - maybe four - but they can see that our team is a team that has to work very very hard, and do everything right - to be sure they have chances to get points. These kind of games, where the teams are more or less at your level - it's important to get something. We didn't do it and we didn't manage the anxiety in the final 20 minutes in the way I was expecting.feedback

Sep 24 2017

They did well when they were playing together. But it depends on the games. Today we changed something and it was good for us. With so much control at the end we need to create better chances, more chances. We have to learn from this defeat that in the Premier League we have to take our chances.feedback

Sep 17 2017

The team is believing in themselves, but there are still a lot of things to improve. If we play against a top side and make the kind of mistakes we did here, we will pay for that. You have to believe that you can win against certain teams.feedback

Sep 17 2017

The players are trying to understand the way we have to play our game. We have to play with our own style of play. We are not a team that have a lot of possession, so we have to play to our strengths and we are doing that now.feedback

Aug 26 2017

Nothing changed after the first two games, or even the first three games, nothing has changed now. We have a clear idea of what we want to do and we will try to do it. I don't know if we can do everything but we will try to.feedback

Aug 26 2017

Normally, managers talk about projects saying they need four or five years. I'm not talking about that, because you never know in football.feedback

Aug 26 2017

How much can I improve the team? It depends on how well we work and how much the players can learn.feedback

Aug 26 2017

We will see if we can improve as much as we can this week. I will try to do my job.feedback

Aug 26 2017

We won the Championship and we made £30 million profit. I had a meeting with Mike and I was expecting we could be in a better position than we are now. We are not. We will see if we can improve as much as we can this week. I will try to do my job.feedback

Aug 26 2017

My aim is trying to improve things, so when I leave, whenever it is, I would like to be sure that the team and the football club will be better.feedback

Aug 26 2017

But when we came here we knew there were some issues and we had to improve things. I am sure we have improved some things. But we need to improve more.feedback

Aug 26 2017

But do you think it's like Mayweather against McGregor? No. It makes no difference.feedback

Aug 22 2017

We are expecting players to come. We are trying to move players in, but at the same time we are trying to move players out.feedback

Aug 22 2017

I wouldn't say I will be relieved when the transfer window shuts, but on September 1st, everything will change, everything will be more simple. If you have your team, your squad it will be easier for me to get a message across. I am confident that I will keep the team up and everything will be fine.feedback

Aug 22 2017

If we win games, I will be happy. Everyone was very excited [after promotion] and we were working very hard trying to be ready for the new season.feedback

Aug 22 2017

But everything has changed because the Premier League is quite complicated now with more money and good players. We have to accept that the Premier League will be more difficult.feedback

Aug 21 2017

We do some things well but we must improve. It doesn't matter how well organised you are, you have to score goals.feedback

Aug 20 2017

Now is the time to enjoy what we have done. But then I must make sure we do the right things. We have to prepare everything to be strong enough for the Premier League.feedback

Aug 20 2017

You cannot predict or prevent it, we are working on that. The situation is not what you are expecting, so you have to keep going to give the right message. At the end it depends on one second when he loses control. He knows. It depends on him and those around him.feedback

Aug 16 2017

He knows and accepts the challenge we've given him at Newcastle United and he's keen to come and fight for a position in the team.feedback

Aug 16 2017

Obviously he has experience of English football and the Premier League and that was another thing we took into consideration. We think if we can exploit his full potential he will be a good signing for us.feedback

Aug 14 2017

I'm not happy with the performance because we have lost, but at least they put in effort to the end.feedback

Aug 14 2017

With 10 players, we were pushing, we were trying to do our best, so that is the positive thing.feedback

Aug 13 2017

We made a mistake, but I think maybe someone has to analyse these things to see what's more dangerous.feedback

Aug 13 2017

To go to the point that it was 0-0 and the chances we had on the counter-attack against a good team, it's a pity that everything changed.feedback

Aug 13 2017

Hopefully he [Shelvey] will learn from that. Obviously, he knows that he has made a mistake and has apologised but that changes nothing now.feedback

Jul 04 2017

He has progressed a lot as a player in the last few years and I know he will give us something different at the back – he is good with both feet, he's big and he's good in the air also.feedback

Jun 14 2017

It will be nice, too, to come up against Chris Hughton and his Brighton side again this season. This will be Brighton's first time in the Premier League and the way both our clubs performed in the Championship will make it a special game, I think.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - Christmas

The fans will enjoy being at home to Manchester City on Boxing Day. It is always nice for fans to enjoy games against top teams over the Christmas period.feedback

Jun 14 2017

After Spurs I think then we have a good run of games and I'm pleased to see it's quite a balanced list in terms of the teams we're up against.feedback

Jun 14 2017

We will all have extra motivation for that game, but it will be a very tough start too because Spurs showed how good they are last season. Of course they were our last Premier League opponents here too, which was a memorable match for everyone, but this time around it will be completely different.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - Christmas

We also have a great game to round off the season with Chelsea visiting us on the last day of the season.feedback

May 10 2017

There will be challenges ahead of course, the summer will not be easy, but the hard work has been going on for some time and we can now continue positively with the development of the squad ahead of the start of the new season. I wish fans an enjoyable summer.feedback

Apr 24 2017

At the beginning of the season people asked me that question [about winning the title]. In the middle of the season, they asked again. I was always very consistent with my answers. If we go up, I will be really pleased - it doesn't matter if it is first or second. Then they run more than you'd expect them to. I have watched videos of their other games and then they play against us and go faster and run more metres. We are used to that. We must cope with it too.feedback

Mar 08 2017

Yedlin didn't realize he had the problem against Brighton. We protected him against Huddersfield, but he had to come on. But he was complaining, and you could see that maybe it would be one week or two weeks. He had a knock, maybe has a small tear.feedback

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