Watford’s head coach Javi Gracia seems optimistic as the team enter a new season but admits that there is work to be done.
Gracia agreed as comments were made in regards to Watford’s tendency to start off strong but lose their flare later on in the season.
Looking ahead at the club’s strategy for the coming months he said “I don’t think there is a higher target than trying to win all the games we play. This is our objective, to win all the games from first to last, we will see if we can do it.”
Joining halfway through last season, Gracia was given no time to get to know the players and was thrown into the deep end, the summer months have given him ample time to reflect and improve on the club’s previous season which saw them finish in the bottom half of the table.
Asked if he thought the additions of Cardiff, Fulham and Wolves made for a stronger season he said “I think the best mentality is to try to do it as if it was a stronger season. For us in this moment, it is important to have high ambitions and to be more than the expectations.”
Having recently lost winger Richarlison signed to Everton in August, Gracia did not shy away from admitting the loss could hurt the team.
“Richarlison is a great player, we lose an important player but we wish him the best as a person but as a football player as well. We need to reorganise out team and I’m sure we can do it without him.”
Looking forward to Saturday’s game against Brighton he admitted the squad is weaker due to injuries within the midfielders.
“In this moment we have a problem with that position, with Cleverley, Chalobah and Capoue as well. Other players can play there but I think it’s a position where we need to reinforce if possible, I don’t sign players, it’s the club who makes that decision.”
Midfield general Abdoulaye Doucoure, pictured, who recently signed a five year contract, has given the club a major boost by being passed fit to play
Watford play at home against Brighton on August 11, Kick off is at 3pm.