Benitez makes honest admission about Newcastle season, shares what Magpies need to do
By Abigail Withey
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has admitted that his side’s return to the Premier League could have come too soon after losing both of their opening matches of the campaign.
Last weekend the Magpies suffered a 2-0 defeat against Tottenham in their opening match of the season, which was followed by further disappointment against Huddersfield.
Against Spurs their return to the top flight was greeted with immediate problems as defence duo Paul Dummett and new signing Florian Lejeune both limped off in the first half, while captain Jonjo Shelvey saw a straight red for stamping on Dele Alli’s ankle.
However, they couldn’t out things right against newly-promoted Huddersfield on Sunday either, losing 1-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium in the early kick-off.
The Toon defence was unable to prevent Aaron Mooy from firing home which cost the team three points and led to the manager’s comments afterwards.
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Benitez revealed that it would take time for his side to adjust to playing in the top flight again after a successful season in the Championship, and said that the club may have jumped back up to the Premier League too soon.
He said: “Maybe it is too soon for us. It will take some time for sure,” Benitez said, as quoted by the Mirror.
“I could say we deserved to get something, but my experience in the Premier League is that you have to take your chances because if you make mistakes you will pay for them.”
The former Liverpool boss remained hopeful of a turnaround for his club however, and said his team needed to learn quickly.
“It is a learning process for us, and hopefully we can learn quickly. That is how it is at the moment.”
“I will not make excuses,” he explained. “We have to keep working as hard as they were working today, and to play better if we can.
“We have to be better in defence, and take our chances. It is something we have to learn every week.”
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