Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Benitez: We Are All in This Battle Together

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Benitez: We Are All in This Battle Together

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Byline: LEE RYDER Chief Newcastle writer lee.ryder@reachplc.com @lee_ryder

RAFA Benitez has offered an honest take on Newcastle United's disappointing start to the new season. Benitez made it clear there had been no crisis meetings at the club's training ground this week but insisted everybody had to take responsibility for the poor results so far in the Premier League.

United head to Old Trafford in dire need of a result against a struggling Manchester United - but Benitez is in the defiant mood.

When asked if it was now up to the team to take their share of responsibility, Benitez said: "The team knows.

"We did not have any clear-the-air meetings.

We try the the right the normal Rafa "We always have a meeting on Monday anyway. "The kind of meeting we have is where we talk about what we did right or wrong.

"We try to encourage the players to do the right things on the pitch.

"It is normal in professional football. They know and we know certain players are not performing at a certain level.

"We know sometimes we make mistakes with certain tactics or substitutions or whatever.

players to do things on pitch. It is in the game Benitez "However, it is very easy when you have top-class players and make a change and it works, it is like: 'Oh great substitution'.

"When you have players who work together at similar levels every decision can be questioned because everyone has an opinion.

"At the same time we have to take responsibility.

"We have to analyse what we did and make sure what we do is the best for the team.

"We all have different opinions but overall we are right more times than wrong - because how would we finish 10th?" Newcastle have won just one game in 36 visits to Old Trafford to face the Red Devils in what has been a torturous experience at times. …

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