City performance justifies tactics – Benitez

first_imgNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has praised his team’s performance and effort in their 2-1 defeat to Manchester City.The Toon army looked set to get a point from their tie against the reigning Premier League champions but a wonder strike from Kyle Walker gave Pep’s team all three points.Newcastle played a somewhat defensive formation in their 2-1 home defeat to Chelsea last week and their manager Rafa Benitez was criticized for it.Having set them up defensively again at City, the Spaniard said, as quoted by Sky Sports: “I am disappointed because we lost – it doesn’t matter against which team.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“They won because they are a good team, but we were in the game. We were close to maybe getting something and that is the positive thing for the future – to see a team that is trying to do what they have to do to maximise what we have.”“We have to do what we did, and we did well but still we need something more if we want to get points against this team, especially away. The team effort was there, the mentality was there – you could see the players fighting for each other.”“I’m really pleased with that but really disappointed because we have to manage better to get results here.”last_img