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Gracia previews West Ham Clash

 Published on: 9th February 2018   |   By: Noah Abrahams   |   Category: Watford FC

First on the agender for today’s press conference was an injury update. Javi Gracia discussed who was injured and who will be fit to play against West Ham.

The Spaniard informed the press that ”we are in the same situation as before the last game. This week Miguel Britos is back and training with the team, but he’s still not available for selection yet… Kiko [Femenia] I hope he will be back, Gomes is training too this week.”

The Watford boss who on Monday said he had an “amazing night”, reminded press of the importance to look ahead and to the future, rather than looking back on the past.

He said “it was a great game but it was the past. Now we will try to focus on the next game, West Ham. I feel that this is the best way to get results.”

Rumours this week suggested that Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham and their North London rivals Arsenal have both shown interest in recruiting Hornets midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré. The manager stressed that “he is playing well like all of the team.

We got the victory in the last match because we played like a team. I don’t like to speak only about one player. Of course, all of the players play at a high level… He is in a big club that is Watford and I hope, I wish that he will be with us for a long time”.

Sixty-five minutes in to Monday night’s clash with Chelsea, Hornets forward Richarlison was subbed off with his name already in the referee’s book. Cameras showed the young Brazilian in tears and when the man in charge was asked why, he replied that “I didn’t see Richarlison in that moment [sic] but I spoke to him and he explained to me that he wanted to play more time, to play better and to score more goals.

He accepted my decision and I explained that it was a very big risk for him to stay on the pitch because he had a yellow card and was booked. The referee had spoken with him and I took a difficult decision because he was playing well.”

The biggest talking point of Monday night’s game may well have come courtesy of Watford captain Troy Deeney. Deeney who put up two middle fingers at fans was not punished by the FA.

His manager told press that “I spoke with him and all of the players about all the situations… Troy is our captain and he knows what is the best behaviour. I’m sure he will do better in the future.

Diving which is becoming a bigger problem than ever seemed to not at all faze Gracia who simply suggested that “I don’t think in the Premier League there are many people diving.

I don’t think so [in response to if diving is a problem]. I think there are other leagues which have more situations like that… I don’t know why you speak about diving, I don’t see many situations… I don’t understand this situation.”

Picture courtesy of Alan Cozzi

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