Newcastle To Express The Love For Rafa

Rex Christensen
May 16, 2018

His performances helped Newcastle avoid relegation comfortably as they finished tenth, but he had to sit out the final day demolition of the Blues where they won 3-0.

"I think I've come on leaps and bounds in that aspect, how to deal with things differently; he pulls me aside and says you can't always be this way, you've got to adapt to different people's personalities - he's worked with Steven Gerrard, Cristiano Ronaldo and John Terry".

Islam Slimani has showed glimpses of the terrific form he failed to show up front at Leicester City, and Kenedy's arrival on loan from Chelsea in January has brought a much-needed touch of flair to supplement the harder working players.

Lascelles has been outstanding in the heart of Benitez's defence this season.

Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles is paying little attention to speculation suggesting that he could be a summer transfer target for Chelsea and Everton.

This shouldn't detract from the incredible job Benitez has done in leading Newcastle to a top half of the table place, with famous home victories over Manchester United and Arsenal being the highlights of a great season. At the same time, it would not have been good to see his parent club, and the team with whom he sees his future, be outclassed.

Chelsea have lost three of their last four games on Tyneside and are without a win since December 2011.

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Blind started out as a left-back at Ajax before being handed a chance at centre-back and defensive midfield, and he has excelled in all three positions since then.

Newcastle were the better side against Tottenham and should really have taken something from the game.

They'll undoubtedly be keen to finish strongly, and don't have many injury issues to contend with - just the two!

Newcastle would do brilliantly to swoop for Blind this summer, as the 52-cap worldwide would provide Benitez with quality cover in several different positions.

Chelsea, though, can not accept anything less than a win, and even that may not be enough.

Newcastle, who were nearly on the verge of getting dragged into the relegation scrap, made an extraordinary comeback in the second half of the campaign, which has helped them finish in a respectable mid-table position.

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