Rafael Benitez has told the Shields Gazette that he is optimistic about Newcastle United’s survival chances due to the standard of their training sessions.
Newcastle are currently stuck in the relegation zone, with just eight games remaining to save their season.
However, Benitez is optimistic that his side can climb away from trouble, as he is seeing improvements every day on the training field.
“It’s not ideal, but it’s what we have at the moment and I am quite positive because of the reaction of the players every training session,” Benitez said.
“Every day you can see that they are working hard, they are listening to you, they are trying to adapt to these things.
“We maximise the time that we have which in videos, in training sessions, in our groups, we have to do that at the moment.
“We have to keep the spirit and then maximise the time that we have.”
Newcastle have had two weeks to iron out any faults in their play on the training ground, due to the international break.
Benitez will be under pressure to make sure that any amendments he has made have the desired impact, as time is now running out.
Benitez has failed to win either of his first two games in charge at Newcastle, and the Tynesiders are now three points adrift of safety.
The Magpies’ next match comes against fellow strugglers Norwich City on Saturday, and defeat in that fixture could have disastrous consequences for the North East club.