Benitez admits he is ‘more relaxed’ after upturn in Newcastle form

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez says he is “more relaxed” about his side’s situation following back-to-back league wins before the international break.

After a difficult start to the Premier League season, Newcastle beat Watford and Bournemouth at St James Park to record their first wins of the season and move out of the relegation places.

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of his side’s trip to Burnley, Benitez said: “Relaxed? I don’t know if that’s the right expression, I am more relaxed maybe, but not very relaxed. Because still you have to have some nerves, some tension before the games,

“But it’s true that after winning a couple of games in a row, the mood is much better, and the way to approach every training session and every game is a little bit different, because the players don’t feel so much pressure, and can maybe express themselves a little bit better.

“We have had some moments of tension, but I try to stay calm as much as I could. I think we did well, and hopefully we can carry on. People think: ‘You have won two games in a row, that’s it,’ but no, we are at the beginning, so still we have to keep going, keep working hard, still we have to show we are really focused.

“We don’t think the job is done because we are out of the bottom three.”

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