Rafa Takes A Look At The League Table

The Newcastle boss knows his side must learn to “manage” these tough games better.

Asked if he cursed when he saw the fixtures during the summer, Benitez replied: “Yeah, but it’s something you cannot control.

“All you can do is just be sure that when you approach the games you have the belief and the confidence to get something. That is the point.

“The disappointment is because we were so close against Tottenham and even Chelsea, so we have to manage these situations a little bit better. So we will be a better team and get points against other teams.

“I will keep an eye but I will not spend too much time [looking at the table] because I knew it could be like that.

“So it’s a question of making sure that everybody understands that, and then we have to move forward quickly, and mentally we have to approach the next training session thinking: ‘OK, we need to improve this, this and that.’”

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