Newcastle beats Leicester 1-0, moves closer to EPL survival

Tanya Simon
April 14, 2019

But Benitez's future at the club remains unclear, with the Spaniard having regularly indicated he is unhappy with the lack of investment in his squad.

They should be assured of maintaining their top-flight status after a hard season tarnished by Benitez's discontent over a lack of backing in the transfer market from controversial owner Mike Ashley.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the win, Benitez said that Newcastle already have the infrastructure and fan-base to be successful in the top half of the Premier League but must invest in the transfer market to be more competitive - indicating that he wanted to be promised backing in the transfer market before he signs a new deal. This city, the club has potential. I'm not saying £200m but doing a little bit more, doing the right things, we can compete against the teams that are now maybe between seventh and 12th.

"You can do everything right with your tactics, but the other team has one player that can make the difference".

"When you play an opponent that's very deep and put all 11 players in the final third of the pitch, then of course it's hard".

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"This was the first time I'd seen this type of game and there are areas where we can be much better, sometimes it's the speed of the pass, sometimes it's positioning".

"It's fair enough to say we're a Premier League team again next season, it was a great effort from the lads and a great three points", he said. We couldn't break down their defence. Games like that you have to stay patient and have tactical discipline. "If you come in during pre-season then it's all quite nice and then the season starts".

The Toon have two favorable matches coming up on the schedule against Southampton (17th) and Brighton (16th), but before we look ahead, let us discuss what we learned against Leicester City yesterday.

They also looked the more threatening team every time they went forward, with Salomon Rondon the flawless target man as he allowed his teammates to work off him.

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