Flags set to fly for a con­fi­dent Ben­itez

Sunday Sun - - Football -

RAFA Ben­itez in­sists New­cas­tle CAN win things on his watch – as he pre­pares for a huge Su­per Sun­day against the team he lifted the big­gest prize in foot­ball with.

Ben­itez will pit his wits against man­age­rial mate Jur­gen Klopp to­day fully aware that all four sides of the ground will be chant­ing his name be­fore the match.

A huge Gal­low­gate flags dis­play – one of the big­gest in English foot­ball, ac­cord­ing to the or­gan­is­ers – with a Ben­itezthemed mes­sage will greet the United boss be­fore kick-off. And the noises around his fu­ture seem much more pos­i­tive than a few weeks ago fol­low­ing a frus­trat­ing trans­fer win­dow.

Asked whether United can win tro­phies un­der him, he says he’s sure they can be­cause the team he has as­sem­bled has the hunger to im­prove.

“Yes for sure, I think so. It de­pends on a lot of things. If you have 25 play­ers more or less the same stan­dard it’s very dif­fi­cult [against the top teams] but it can hap­pen,” he said.

“In one game in a cup com­pe­ti­tion it can hap­pen. If you [a top team] are play­ing away against a team with all the fans be­hind them and you con­cede you start pan­ick­ing and it can hap­pen. It’s con­fi­dence.

“If you talk about New­cas­tle and young play­ers. Can they grow enough? Yes, they can im­prove be­cause the way they ap­proach ev­ery train­ing ses­sion, they are learn­ing.

“You also need ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers to help them to de­velop.

He added: “Some­times, you just need to be a lit­tle bit lucky with things [to win a tro­phy].” A large dis­play is planned

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