Important info for Watford fans going to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
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Marco Silva wants to create further memories for the Watford fans this weekend when he takes his cock-a-hoop side in search of a win that would surely top the lot.
The Hornets have not won at Stamford Bridge since Graham Taylor's trailblazing men put five (yes, five) past the Blues in a heady spell for the club in 1986. Silva's Class of 2017 are enjoying a similar golden patch right now, arguably the second best ever spell in the club's fabled history, and three points at Stamford Bridge, the home of the champions, would well and truly light the blue touch paper.
“We go to Stamford Bridge to compete,” said Silva. “Chelsea, of course, is the favourite. They have players to decide one match in one minute and are clear favourites for the match. They will want to change the situation after the last two results [against Manchester City and Crystal Palace].
“I'm sure they will start the game strong and score as soon as possible in the match. We are playing against the champions but it's just one more game and we prepare like we did against Arsenal, against West Bromwich, with respect for the other team.”
The Golden Boys are commanding a fair degree of respect themselves and an unbeaten away record, which includes three wins, has caused quite a stir in the Premier League. Silva, however, is taking it all in his stride.
"It is not a surprise," he said. "Our away form is fantastic and I'm sure the fans really enjoyed the last three away games, but we work really hard to achieve this form away. Now this a new game and our ambition is the same and the way we want to play is the same. We prepare games in the same way. We change nothing. Three points at home are as important as three points away."
Silva has enriched this group of players and improved those that were here from last season. Eight of the starting XI against Arsenal were here when he arrived so he's made good players better, the sign of good coach.
“I don't like to talk about the effect I had,” he said. “I prefer to listen to what people are saying about what we've done until now. I've put my philosophy and idea on the club. Since the first day we came here it's important we have an impact on the players. The players have worked well and understand what we want for the team.”
Two players who have fully bought into what Silva wants and embraced his philosophy are Richarlison, the revelation from Brazil, and Tom Cleverley, one from the old regime and one very much of the new.
“I'm really happy with his way, with his performance,” said Silva of Richarlison.
“He has a lot of quality but it's important we stay calm with him. He's still a boy. Tom has given a fantastic performance in every match and in different positions. He did very well and he deserved the goal he scored. He will improve even more his quality in his game as he comes in and works every day.”
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