Rafa Benítez Highlights before Blackburn

Here are some comments about the Blackburn replay game made by Rafa in the press conference today

14/01/2019Various Media



"Shelvey, Dummett and Diame all ruled out of FA Cup replay at Blackburn".

"It will be the same idea (as first game against Blackburn). We will look to protect some players and provide some balance. It will be more or less the same problems with injuries".

"I used to say one game at a time. This game is the most important for us with the players we have available. After it we have to concentrate on Cardiff".

"Two things, one our supporters are quite clever. Second, I have to concentrate on my own business".

"I will say the difference this year and last: we had so many top sides at first it was difficult mentally. We have to win 5-6 games to make sure we can stay up".

"It’s important to win for confidence and morale. We must keep going, keep going - it’s a long season. We have games against teams we can compete with after Janaury.".

"The reality is January is a difficult month. We know it is a long-distance race. I just try to concentrate on doing my job the best I can".


"We can talk about 'oh the cups', but a lot of teams went out of the FA Cup. Why?

Why are all the managers that were making decisions and their teams were having problems and they are out?

Why Cardiff, Fulham, nearly Southampton, why you see these teams and they were out? Because the Premier League is massive.

You have £130m guaranteed if you are there. So everyone is trying to manage the situation. Also, you have to be realistic.

Who has a chance, a realistic chance? Teams in the middle of the table because they can have a go because they are safe. The other teams, you have to manage it really carefully."