The Rafael Benitez comments that will fill Newcastle fans with optimism

Rafa Benitez

Newcastle United will face Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby on Sunday.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has told Sky Sports that the players are showing commitment in training.

Benitez has also made it clear that the Newcastle players are ready for the Tyne-Wear derby against Sunderland at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon.

“The players have commitment, they are working very hard and are trying to understand our ideas of what we want to do,” the Spaniard told Sky Sports. "They know how important the situation is and they are trying to stick together. That is the main thing.”

Both Newcastle and Sunderland are struggling for survival at the moment, and the Premier League game on Sunday afternoon is certainly going to massive for the two teams.

Newcastle fans will be pleased with the comments of Benitez, as it shows that the players are committed to the cause.

In many matches this season, the players have failed to raise their game and the team have thrown away points.

Under Benitez, it seems that the team are working very hard and are ready for the challenge that lay ahead.

A defeat to Sunderland is not going to be decisive for Newcastle, but the Magpies’ chances of retaining their Premier League status for next season will certainly be decimated if they drop all three points.

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