Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez outlines how Magpies will be viewed by Championship opposition next season

General view outside St James' Park

The Spaniard will be hoping to lead the Magpies back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

Rafael Benitez has suggested that Newcastle United must expect most of their opposition to play like they are contesting a cup final when they come up against the Magpies next season, the Chronicle reports.

United are gearing up for only their third season outside of the top flight since the start of the Premier League era, so are undoubtedly going to be one of the favourites for promotion. 

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez

And Benitez believes that their stature will make them the scalp that all teams in the division will want to claim. 

"I have been with a smaller side with Extremadura in Spain. We were at the bottom of the league and we had to approach every game like a cup final and didn't have too many options," he told the Chronicle.

"Now it will be the opposite.

"They will see Newcastle are coming in from the Premier League so they will try their best against us. We know it will be like this and we will have to be ready."

Newcastle United with manager Rafael Benitez shakes hands with Andros Townsend after the game

With their stature, most clubs will be relishing the prospect of coming up against the Magpies and their Champions League-winning manager, especially the likes of Burton Albion and Barnsley, who were two divisions below Newcastle just last season.

Opponents therefore, should have little problem finding the motivation to raise their game, so Benitez will be reminding his players how important it is that they show no signs of complacency as it could cost them.

But if they are able to take every opponent seriously, they arguably have the quality in their squad to ensure that they do live up to their favourites tag and secure promotion at the first attempt. 

General view outside St James' Park

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