Back to fitness, Kiko Femenía seemed optimistic despite Watford’s five-nil hammering at Anfield on Saturday.
The Spaniard said that since the Liverpool defeat, the atmosphere around the training camp has been very difficult.
He said: “We need to concentrate on what we did wrong in that game and look forward to the next fixture.” He added that on a personal note, the loss was the most challenging game he has played in the Premier League.
With a limited grasp of English and currently finding it difficult to learn, Femenía was keen to give his fellow countryman and manager Javi Gracia a glowing review.
The right back, who before January had never worked with Gracia, praised him highly.
He said: “Javi has helped me a lot. He is a very good coach with very clear ideas, but we must help him too. He came in at a very delicate moment for the football club… We need to show him support from both the club and the players. We must show that we are with him and are all pulling together.”
Kiko Femenía would have been a friendly face for Gerard Deulofeu on his first day and when asked what it’s like playing and training alongside him again, the more senior Spanish Hornet replied with admiration.
He said: “It is amazing to see him again. We all know the qualities that he possesses and we all know that he is a great player. It is a shame about his injuries, but I know that he will give a lot to this club and that he is one of the best players we have”.
As the campaign draws to an end, the Hornets must still face the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United away from home this season. Still without an away goal scored under Javi Gracia, Femenía was optimistic looking ahead.
He said: “We cannot think that we will drop points. We need to concentrate on what we can achieve, but we can only perform to the best of our abilities and hopefully we can get a result”.
A ten-day break until Watford face Bournemouth at home is, in the Spanish international’s opinion, most welcomed by the players
He said: “I feel the break comes at a good time. It gives us time to disconnect from the two previous fixtures with Arsenal and Liverpool and we can now concentrate and reflect on what we can do in the upcoming games.”
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