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Benitez - We have a chance to compete

13th April 2019, 11:13 by Tom Hill

Newcastle coach Rafa Benitez says his side have plenty of potential but still need to improve after Friday's victory over Leicester.

The Magpies moved up to 13th in the Premier League table after Ayoze Perez's header handed them a 1-0 success at the King Power Stadium.

Friday's success moves them 10 points clear of the relegation zone and their top-flight status is all-but secured for another campaign.

Newcastle's second win in their last six matches also helps Benitez plan for next season and the Spaniard believes his squad have plenty of potential to improve over the next few seasons.

"I have been trying to win titles everywhere, in different countries, and we have to have a team that can compete," he told Sky Sports.

"You cannot go up against a team thinking 'maybe we can win' or that a draw is a good result, no. We need to be stronger. We have the city, we have all the potential.

"The city, the club, everyone in Newcastle is supporting the team so it's massive. 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. But we have to do things right.

"You can do everything right, your tactics, your team selection, your substitutions but if the other team has one player who can make the difference... that is now the Premier League. If you want to sign one of the forward players from Leicester now, you have to pay £30m.

"So we have to be more competitive in the window, we have to do things in the right way and then you have massive, massive potential in Newcastle."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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