Rafa Benitez Relaxed But Knows The Work Is Yet To Be Done

Rafa Benitez says he is relaxed following Newcastle United’s two consecutive wins but insisted they are far from reaching their goals.

Consecutive victories over Bournemouth and Watford saw the Magpies climbing to 15th place and they will have another chance to better their position as they visit Burnley on Monday.

Benitez is likely to be handed a hefty transfer budget in January to oversee the restructuring process. Owner Mike Ashley had a number of failed attempts as he tried to sell the club.

But lack of potential buyers led to the current situation and he is set to back his manager as they are still hovering over the relegation zone

Benitez said, “Relaxed? I don’t know if that’s the right expression, I am more relaxed maybe, but not very relaxed. Because still you have to have some nerves, some tension before the games.

“But it’s true that after winning a couple of games in a row, the mood is much better, and the way to approach every training session and every game is a little bit different, because the players don’t feel so much pressure, and can maybe express themselves a little bit better.

“We have had some moments of tension, but I try to stay calm as much as I could. I think we did well, and hopefully we can carry on. People think: ‘You have won two games in a row, that’s it,’ but no, we are at the beginning, so still we have to keep going, keep working hard, still we have to show we are really focused.

“We don’t think the job is done because we are out of the bottom three.”

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