Sánchez Flores has faith in his players
Watford manager Quique Sánchez Flores has conceded that his players are starting to struggle under the pressure of being in a potential relegation battle.
Saturday’s surprise 3-0 defeat against Burnley saw the Hornets fall back to the foot of the Premier League table – a disappointing result after it had seemed that they had turned the corner with their first league victory of the season against Norwich City before the international break.
However, speaking to the local media on Thursday, Sánchez Flores said that his players have been doing well in training sessions, and that the reason for their struggles is the pressure that comes with matches, something that they can only overcome with more focus and concentration:
“They work hard during the week, they’re amazing, the problem is in competition they feel a lot of pressure.
“We are talking about the pressure on the coach, but no one talks about the pressure for the players and they play.”
He emphasised that the squad was full of good players and that they respond well to his instructions in training, showing passion and energy.
Sánchez Flores, who took over from Javi Gracia back in December, having previously guided the team to safety in their first season back in the top flight in 2015-16, said that there were aspects of the game against Burnley that he was pleased with, particularly the fact that his team were on top for long periods of time during the first half.
However, he added that they need to do more to ensure their Premier League survival, and that they were treating every game in the top flight as a cup final
Watford have another chance to drag themselves off the bottom of the Premier League table this weekend when they head to St Marys to take on fellow strugglers Southampton, and although home advantage will mean that the Saints will go into that game as favourites with sports betting companies, Watford will have their captain and leading striker Troy Deeney available once again, after he made his return from a three-month absence for the Burnley game.
Victory against Southampton would give the team a significant boost as they enter a tricky run of fixtures in December that sees them take on Liverpool, Leicester City and Manchester United.
Words: Man Ngo