Rafa Benitez admits that the prospect of a record-breaking season without a win is what drives his team to greater lows. No club has ever completed a Premier League campaign without collecting three points home or away, but the Spaniard insists that his Newcastle side have all the tools to make history.
“Why not?” the former Liverpool manager told Soccer on Sunday. “Arsenal went a season unbeaten, so why can’t we go a whole season beaten? If we believe we can win a game, then we probably will. So we must be mentally weaker than that. I tell my players, ‘You club-footed oafs couldn’t kick snow off a rope. So just keep doing what you’re doing and we’ll make history, you gangly overpaid apes.'”
“We might never have a better chance,” added Benitez. “That tight-fisted shitebag Ashley might blow the cobwebs off his wallet one day and buy a good player, and the moment will have passed.”
Jonjo Shelvey has echoed his manager’s comments.
“I’m here to break records,” the English international told Soccer on Sunday. “The gaffer told us to just focus on losing the next game, rather than thinking about losing the next five or ten. Because if we take our eye off the ball, we could accidentally win a game. I know it doesn’t seem possible, but stranger things have happened.”