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COLNEY CHAT: "Falling Into Place"

Posted: Tue 27 Nov 2012
Author: Club Journalist


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Recent full debutant Cristian Battocchio on life at Vicarage Road

AFTER making his first start for the Hornets on Saturday, Cristian Battocchio feels now everything is settled for him off the pitch he can kick-start his Watford career. 

The diminutive midfielder made his full debut on Saturday at Blackpool in the 2-2 draw with Michael Appleton’s men.

After some early season injury problems, he now feels comfortable away from the pitch and he believes this is important for any footballer. 

“I like it very much here in England,” he told 

“My family and my girlfriend are now in the country, I have a house and everything is falling into place so I’m happy. 

“It is very important to have my family here; it is only three hours away from Italy so it is good and comfortable for me.”

The 20-year-old was able to take in early season games from the stands to get an idea of what to expect in the npower Championship. 

He added: “The players told me it is a physical game; tough players and tough games.

“But I can play that kind of game also, here at Watford the coach we have wants to try to play a passing game which is why I came here. 

“We are trying to play a different kind of game that a lot of the other clubs in the Championship don’t play. 

“The important thing is when the coach thinks I’m ready to play, I’m ready. I have watched games this season and that has been a help,” he commented, via the help of Italian speaker Joel Ekstrand.

It proved to be a tough opening full match at Bloomfield Road, although it did give Battocchio an opportunity to show what he can do. 

“I’m happy because it has been a long time since I’ve played 90 minutes and I was able to demonstrate why I’m here and show the people how I want to play football. 

“I was sad because we couldn’t bring three points home.

“It was a very good first-half performance from the team, then we found ourselves with some difficulties after half-time. 

“If we can keep on playing like we did for the first 30 minutes then we can be a top team.”