Cape Town - Newcastle United manager Rafael
Benitez believes they will stave off relegation once again this season, despite
being 19th in the Premier League standings.
Benitez helped the Magpies perform above
all expectations last season as they finished 10th in the top-flight following
their promotion from the Championship, and the Spaniard is confident they can
dodge relegation again.
Newcastle are still without a win after
eight Premier League games this season. However, they have already faced five
of the 'big six' sides, namely Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal,
"If you just analyse the situation
now, you are in the bottom three, but Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and Everton
were in the bottom three after nine fixtures (last season) but none of them
were relegated," said Benitez, according to the Northern Echo.
"Why? Because they were better and
working harder and doing well and other teams were doing worse. For us, the
main thing is to keep working hard and doing the right things even if you lose
"We need to do the right things. But
even if you are right, you can lose. The team is good, and the team will do
well if we have confidence.
"The squad is a little bit better.
Some people say it's not, but we didn't have Martin Dubravka, Kenedy. Who has
to make the difference? Rondon, Muto, it's a little bit better."