Rafael Benitez is unconcerned over Newcastle’s final position in this season’s Premier League but has demanded better performances from the side, after their disappointing 1-0 home defeat to West Brom on Saturday
The Magpies have now lost their past two matches and with just three games of the league season remaining, Benitez is adamant that he does not wish to see any repeat of Saturday’s display.
“I said before, for me to finish eighth or 15th doesn’t change my life,” said the Spaniard, according to Shields Gazette.
“It means a lot if you can finish higher in the table, fine. But I like to win trophies, not to finish 10th.
“This time, OK, we can finish ninth, it’s better that you finish ninth. But we have to improve, we cannot play at the level we did against West Brom.”
Benitez is not very concerned about Newcastle’s finishing position: “It doesn’t change too much for me. It’s just to be sure that we play like we have to play.”
The former Napoli coach was asked about Pep Guardiola’s recent comments that Manchester City’s performances for their remaining league games would tell him a lot about his side with the Premier League already sealed.
“It is like that for everyone,” said Benitez.
“But the difference is that they have players with a lot of quality and they usually keep the ball so they have to be sure that they keep passing the ball well.
“For us, it is to be sure we keep the intensity that is the key for us to succeed.”