Capoue | “We Needed This Break”

While a weekend with no Premier League action may well be a frustrating break for most Watford fans, Étienne Capoue believes the rest will only benefit the Hornets' squad.

With the Golden Boys out of this season’s FA Cup, Walter Mazzarri’s men have a rare weekend off, something which Capoue believes is much needed following a hectic schedule since the turn of the year.

“I think we needed this break,” he told the media following Saturday’s clash against Manchester United.

“We have played a lot of games and we need it so that the mind will be ready for our next game.

“We have some days off now so we will try and enjoy these with our families to be back, ready and fresh for our next match.”

The 28-year-old's certainly right when discussing the busy schedule of late, with nine league and FA Cup games completed already since the start of January.

The new year undeniably began with the Golden Boys struggling for both form and points, but recent Premier League wins against both Arsenal and Burnley have hinted at an upturn in fortunes.

“Yes we’ve made some really good results but we knew we could achieve this in these type of games,” he said.

“We have a lot of confidence and we need to improve again and again against the teams that fight relegation and make sure we beat them.

“As long as we pick up points against them, we can play better and with more freedom”

The Frenchman has been an ever present for the Hornets this season, featuring in every Premier League game to date.

Although he has failed to add to his flurry of early season goals, Capoue has been satisfied with his season’s form, while also acknowledging there is still room for improvement in his game.

“I have played in a different position from last year but I just try to do my best and I’m trying to do what the coach asks me to do.

“For the moment it is okay but of course I know I have to continue to improve and that’s what I try and do every week.”

First Team 14/02/2017

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