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ZOLA ON LEEDS: "We Can Surprise"

Posted: Fri 09 Nov 2012
Author: Club Journalist

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Hornets' Head Coach in buoyant mood ahead of Saturday's trip to Elland Road...

GIANFRANCO ZOLA says he won't shy away from the word "rotation", if he feels it's right, but that he's under no obligation to change the formula.

A trip to Elland Road is always a difficult test, this season sure to be no different with Neil Warnock having had a full summer's wheeling and dealing in the transfer market to shape the Whites' squad much more to his own liking.

"It will be certainly be tough," said the Watford boss.

"They have a big crowd which gets  behind them - but we are a team that can create surprises.

"Rotation is something I am considering. You can call it changes if you like, it is the same situation.

"The physical requirement in this division is high so I know that I need to keep that in my considerations. I'll be making some thoughts in this respect," he added, after acknowledging there'll be at a least one alteration given Daniel Pudil's one-match ban for collecting five yellow cards so far this campaign.

"Every game is like this [winning the battle first before playing your football], because no one comes onto the pitch without accepting there will be a fight for the points.

"It will be essential that our teams gets into - and stays in - that frame of mind all the time at Leeds. 

"I feel we sometimes have more quality than our opponent, but we have to be a match on other levels of the game which are just as important in the Championship."

Zola will be passing on the benefit of his experience as a player at Elland Road to his men, but it will still be an eye-opener for some.

"It's a fantastic ground to play football at - with the atmosphere. I played there more than a few times with Chelsea and it was always tough.

"We need to stick together and come through with what we want from Saturday. The team is getting more consistent and balanced and we will be looking to keep this kind of solidity.

"Looking at how we can score, how we can get ahead is a key focus for me, I believe. From this position, you can be in better control of the match.

"We will see. One thing I'm fairly sure of is that it will be an exciting match."

There's already been a game this week, but it was an 11 v 11 practice intra-club game at UCL London Colney.

"We have a big squad but I have always said that there are a lot of players that maybe in another club would play," explained Zola.

"I keep attention on all of the players and they are excellent professionals. We have seen some good work this week so maybe if some aren't playing Saturday they could make it next weekend.

"We will go with good spirits and why not. I am confident in my players' quality."

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