Watford head coach Javi Gracia said his side must keep their confidence high after last night’s 5-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.
Crosses provided by Trent Alexander-Arnold caused problems for Gracia’s men which led to two Sadio Mane goals. One of which caught the headlines as his fancy flick ended up in the back of the net.
The Hornets never gave up, but a strong Liverpool side showed all their might.
He said: “I think we competed well until the end. We try to score, we tried to attack when it would be possible and this way, I think is the best way to keep our confidence in ourselves.
“We need to keep our confidence for the next games after this hard defeat. But our confidence is high, and I think we’ll do better next game.”
Gracia showed his honesty in his post-match interview who said his side need to work on defending crosses.
Javi commented: “There were mistakes and we have to speak about that to try improve our game. Today I think we’ve conceded goals in lateral crosses and I think it’s something we done really well all season.
“Maybe because they’re a very good squad and have very good players it’s not easy to defend them then players like (Virgil) Van Dijk, (Divock) Origi and (Sadio) Mane – it’s not easy to defend them.”
He added: “I prefer to keep our style of play, playing against Liverpool or other teams. Maybe in other games we can change our shape we can change some players. But coming from our game against Cardiff I thought it was better to keep the same 11 and to try to play the same away. We need to be defensively strong and compact. But in lateral crosses we’ve conceded some goals – an early one at first – and after that they managed the game better.”
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