Javi Gracia is a man who sets plenty of stall by cup competitions. After all, he equalled Malaga's best ever run in the Copa del Rey when he took the unfancied Andalusian club to the quarter-final in 2015.
And it is no wonder when he sends his teams out with this type of mentality.
“The final is tomorrow,” he said. “If you don’t win, you don’t have more chances. This is the best mentality; play it as a final. We’ll see what happens in the future, but we are going to play the next game as a final.
“The Carabao Cup is a good competition, we try to do our best and we’ll see if we are able to spend more time in this competition. I don’t give more importance if we are playing in the Premier League or the FA Cup. All the games are important.”
There was another fascinating glimpse into how Gracia operates and his positive mindset when he was asked how he assessed Watford's flying start to the season, which has yielded five wins, a draw and one defeat.
Most would have bitten your hand off had you offered them that sequence of results at the start of the season. “We could have won the seven games,” was Gracia's response.
One of those wins, and perhaps the best of the lot, came against Tottenham Hotspur on a memorable afternoon at Vicarage Road – and now the Golden Boys have the chance to record a league and cup double over the team from the white half of north London. Gracia knows it won't be easy but then nothing ever is when you are playing at the elite end of the English game.
“This game will be very different than the other, I’m sure of that,” he said. “We are confident, we are going to compete like we did in the Premier League game. We play against a very good club, a very good team and it will be a very tough game, but we know if we see the same level we are able to compete with any team.
“Tottenham is a very good team and Pochettino is one of the best coaches. I’m sure they play well against us and it will be a very demanding game for us.”
More than 3,800 tickets have been sold for the game at Stadium MK and Gracia knows what a difference the fans make. He saw just how committed they were to the cause when more than 2,500 of the yellow army made the midweek trip to Reading and sung their hearts out.
“Wherever we play we always have the support of our fans,” said Gracia. “In this case we are going to play away. That decision [to play at Stadium MK] doesn’t depend on us. We will play where they decide and we are happy to play there.
“For me it is important to know wherever we are going to play that we always have the support of our fans. It’s a good stadium.”
Live commentary of Watford's Carabao Cup game with Tottenham Hotspur will be available via Matchday Live, as both are Premier League sides the club is not restricted by EFL broadcasting regulations.