Benitez reveals how many points Newcastle will need to stand


Date of publication: Monday, 01 April 2019 10h38

Rafael Benitez discussed the goals that Newcastle must achieve in order to avoid relegation after a 2-0 defeat by Arsenal.

Newcastle suffered their first defeat in three games as Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette scored at the Emirates Stadium.

Benitez told Sky Sports: "I think this type of game is very similar. We were close, but it was about chances in the final third.

"Then you have to defend against a team with rhythm and quality. You have to do things right in defense. After we conceded the second goal, it became even harder for us.

"We tried to attack, but they are good at home – play and push.

"We were tied at 1-0. They need to score the second goal. Both of your goals were unpleasant goals.

"The last third we've been talking about all season, the final third, you have to spend £ 40m £ 50m, £ 75m.

"We have to try to get three points against the Palace. The next match is the most important.

"Obviously, last week, the teams at the base, with the exception of Cardiff, were winning."

With 35 points, The side of Benitez are seven points above the fall zone, and the strategist thinks they are only two wins from safety.

"We played against a good team and we were good for a while in the first half. We could avoid their goal, it was a bit of luck, "he continued.

"We had situations in the counterattack where we could be more dangerous but we did not.In the last 10 minutes they had chances to score but until the second goal we were doing.It's a shame because you can feel that the atmosphere was getting nervous

"When you play the top sides, it can be a mistake that makes the difference. In the end, it was a mistake and we should learn from it and be ready for the next one.

"I think 38 points are enough, 40 just for precaution. I hope it's less.

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