Rafa Benítez Highlights before Watford

Here are some comments before the FA Cup game against Watford made by Rafa in the press conference today

25/01/2019Various Media



“I will not talk about transfers. Any name or any player. I am getting a lot of names from Lee the director of communications but I will not talk about anyone. January is a difficult window. The top sides are in the Champions League or Europa League and it is difficult. It will be difficult either way."

“I saw something in the Press (about my future). But I said nothing. We are in the same position.”

“It was a private conversation (with Mike Ashley) but we spoke about normal things. He was happy that the team had won, and we spoke about the transfer window. He was congratulating me and the team. We talked about business, but nothing new.”

“Shelvey, Diame and Dummett are getting better but we will see on them [don’t seem likely to play] . Ki was a surprise for us, we weren’t happy he came back with an injury, and he will be out for a couple of weeks probably. Kenedy & Fernandez are fine to play vs Watford."

“It will be difficult for us if we sign players or not. We can get results against some teams, but it will be difficult to stay up regardless. I am optimistic that we can stay up, but it will be tough & difficult. We need to go until the end”.

“We have a good feeling right now, we have a good chance to go through, but Watford are a good team & they will be up for it. We might use youngsters, but not as many as last time possibly. Longstaff is around & he is doing well”.

“We have to use the squad because we have an important game in a few days. Both games are important & we have to try & go through in the FA Cup & also win in the Premier League. I expect Watford to play a strong team because they are in the middle of the table”.

“If we can win this game then you never know what can happen in the FACup. You get momentum and it can be positive to keep winning games. But we have 3 or 4 players injured in certain positions to we have to look after them too”.


'"At the moment, I'm really pleased with the potential of the city, the club, everything, and it's just to be sure that we are doing the right things. Then I'm quite happy to talk."

"This group of players are working hard, are trying hard to get some results against teams. It has to be like that until the end of the season, but signing or not signing players, it will be difficult for sure."