Rafa Benitez shares his feelings on Leicester in pre-match speech


Rafa Benitez has urged Newcastle to be "more competitive" in the summer transfer market after they took a big step to retaining their Premier League status with victory at Leicester.

"We're still very professional and know we can get even better and carry on the same way".

"I always believe in the cross, Matt Ritchie has got a good delivery so it was a great goal".

With 38 points on the board, Rafael Benitez has steered Newcastle to near-certain safety, although his future remains in doubt.

"It's hard to break down a team like that", said Rodgers.

Rodgers' tenure as manager got off to a losing start with defeat at Watford, but the Northern Irishman seems to have lifted the mood at the club in recent weeks having secured four wins from five games in charge.

"The team has achieved great things", said Perez. We couldn't break down their defence. In the first half we were too slow with the ball, whenever you play against that type of team that defend deep you have to be quicker and cleaner through the defensive lines and I don't think we did that quick enough.

"As a coach, you always have a game plan".

The lack of clear-cut openings continued with the commencement of the second half, with Jamie Vardy failing to turn home Chilwell's delivery by a whisker on the hour mark. You have to enjoy today and be ready for the next one.

Ayoze Perez thinks that Newcastle are now safe from relegation after he scored the only goal against Leicester this evening.

The Foxes were looking for for a fifth Premier League win in a row, but struggled to create chances against a compact Newcastle side.

Leicester have won their last three home Premier League games, as many as they had in their previous 12 at the King Power Stadium (W3 D2 L7).

It has been a long campaign for Newcastle.

Brendan Rodgers hopes Leicester will learn from a disappointing display that saw them lose 1-0 to Newcastle on Friday Night Football.

Newcastle have lost their last two Premier League games, failing to score each time.