Rafa BenÝtez Highlights before Crystal Palace

 Words from Rafa Benítez in the press conference before the game against Crystal Palace

05/04/2019Various Media



"I read the story (about links with clubs of Ligue 1). On March 6 I was here training, having lunch, then I left at 7pm or 8pm. The only club I am talking to about my future is Newcastle and I am waiting for an answer. When? I don’t know".

"I was quite disappointed with the game against Arsenal because we didn’t play at our level. We could have done better. But I told the players to analyse what they did wrong, and make sure to fix the problems against Crystal Palace".

"Crystal Palace have won 6 games away, and 4 at home. They are good away because they are compact, and have pace and ability up front. They are quite dangerous".

"I said 38 points would be enough before, but we’ll have to wait and see. 3 points may be good enough, but 40 will be a guarantee. We just have to stay focused and see what happens, & keep going".

"It’s quite complicated. Before Fifa were trying to reduce the percentage of the deals. Some agents ask for up to 20%. How to stop it? I’m not sure, but I think there should be some rules. Otherwise commission is like a transfer fee".

"My message to the players is to be on the front-foot but Palace are very dangerous".

"We are playing with more confidence, Almiron has brought something more to attack. Man City was massive for us - to beat one of the best teams in the world. Everton was also a test. It’s something we have to use for the next games".

"Schär is fine and available. Hayden, Diame and Yedlin have some little problems and we have to check them before the game".

"If both Diamé and Hayden aren’t fit, Shelvey has a big chance. He is training well, but I don’t know if he will start. He is ready and wants to play".