Opposition View: Watford

By SFC Media time Fri 26 Jan Saints v Watford

New Watford Head Coach Javi Gracia says his side will be treating the Emirates FA Cup fourth round clash “like a final” when they visit St Mary’s.

The former Rubin Kazan boss signed an 18-month deal at Vicarage Road after the departure of Marco Silva earlier this month.

And he says the FA Cup is the only focus at present, as he looks to instil much-needed confidence.

“We are only focused on our next match. It’s a final for us. You only get one chance to go on in this competition.

“This competition is very important, historic. We need to really enjoy and play as a final. No other matches on are my mind. The only focus is on this competition.”

Having had limited time to work with a new group of players, Gracia says he is open to adapting their style of play in order to get results.

“I like to see the possibilities of the players and then choose the best way to play, and then after choose the system,” he added.

“In Spain there are different styles. Everybody speaks about the passing game and that’s most attractive but as I said before, the game is a balance. I like to be competitive but you need to do many things well.

“There are many ways to win but the most important thing for me is to play well. What’s playing well? That for me is a balance between attack, defence, good transitions, set-pieces and dominant phases of play.”


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