The Golden Boys got off to an amazing start on their first day of the new Premier League season with a 2-0 victory over Brighton.
The team appeared in peak condition over the summer break and it showed on the pitch with two goals from Roberto Pereyra and José Holebas picking up both assists.
Pairing Troy Deeney and Andre Gray upfront saw the strike force looking deadly creating some close chances.
Speaking with Watford FC striker Andre Gray, he said the pairing suits his style of play: “There was a lot of near chances we created for each other and for other players as well so I think the longer it goes on the better we’ll become.”
He added: “I felt like I finished the season well in the last two games but throughout the whole season, I think I didn’t do too well. I’ve come back fit and ready to push on and have a good pre-season, which I think I had.”
When head coach, Javi Garcia was appointed in January, Watford didn’t get off with the best of starts but his friendly and approachable manner has made a positive impact over the pre-season.
“I enjoy working with Javi,” he said. “I’ve had to knuckle down and fight to prove him wrong and fight to show that I can play the way he wants me to play and do well under him. Hopefully that can continue and I’ll keep working hard to prove that to him.”
With Watford ending the season on a poor note with defeats to Liverpool, Huddersfield, Tottenham Hotspurs and Manchester United, this left Watford sitting 14th with 41 points – only one point better than the season before.
Andre Gray expressed his disappointment but feels confident Watford can reach a Europa League spot: “We’ve got the quality, we’ve got Marc (Navarro) who’s played in the Champions League Final and we have players that have played in top teams so it’s very realistic. That’s what we need to aim for, aiming for anything lower is not good to go into the season.”
Troy Deeney recently opened up about struggling with the mental pressures of professional football and has been working with a nutritionist and psychologist to “break down those barriers”.
Football’s a tough old game but Gray believes Deeney will come out on top: “It’s difficult, you just need to be normal with people that you’re with every day, don’t treat them any different and just get on around them and stick together.
“Football’s a hard game, it’s not as easy as people think and people struggle with it off the pitch as well as on the pitch. It is hard at times to switch off and get your head right, especially when things are not going well on the pitch. It’s hard to digest but he’s got to stay positive.”
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