Rafa Benítez: highlights before Southampton

26/10/2018Various Media

 Here are some comments about the Southampton game made by Rafa in the press conference today:

  • The Chronicle
"When you play away from home sometimes you don’t have so many chances. I prefer to play at home with the fans. But our away fans are fantastic, they will support the team, then hopefully the other side will make mistakes & we will profit from that".

"We know that we have to do better than 3 teams this season. That is what we have to focus on. I am confident we will win this game against Southampton".

"My view is the same as last week. Yes we lost, but it is still a long-distance race. We have to keep going and believing. The good thing for us is we have experience and we know how to manage this. But it is difficult to get out of this as players. We have to stay calm".

  • Sky Sports
"A lot of the things we did last year and two years ago that were right - why do we have to change all these things?".

"We are working on that (January transfer window). The main thing for now is to focus on the next game and try to get three points. The scouting department are working really hard".

"It was a normal conversation (with Mike Ashley). The good thing is he is coming to watch games. We can talk any time and it will not be news in the media".

  • Daily Mail
"When I decided to come here to Newcastle United Football Club, it was because of the potential of the club, the passion of the fans, the city, everyone wanting to follow the team.'I like this passion and as a manger, you want to see this kind of passion from the fans".

"My experience of Valencia, Extremadura, even Milan, where there are two teams, the fans are behind the team - passion, I like that. Believe me if you go to Naples, you will feel the pressure.'If everyone loves football you feel that passion. We have to expect and enjoy that".