Doucouré | “We Can Beat Them Again”
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Watford made it back-to-back wins on Saturday against a tough Newcastle side at St James’ Park and Abdoulaye Doucouré, as he has done for most of this season, played a pivotal part controlling the Hornets' midfield.
The two victories ended a run of three consecutive defeats for the Golden Boys and speaking yesterday with Will Dalton for Premier League Productions, Doucouré believes confidence among the team is high and should help them carry their performances into tonight’s clash with high-flying Manchester United.
“We were very good, we played a very good game against West Ham and now Newcastle as well. We are confident, we’re playing against Manchester United so we have to carry on in our way.” He said.
During the current winning spell Will Hughes has been a shining light for Watford, slotting into an attacking midfield role well and impressing with his performances. He opened the scoring both against West Ham and on Tyneside.
He’s struggled for game time early this season however has started the last three games for the Hornets and Doucouré believes Hughes’ talent and the work put in on the training ground are the main reasons behind the Englishman’s successful spell.
“Since he came into the side he’s showed what he can do he’s very good. He’s a good guy as well, he works very hard at training, so I’m happy for him.”
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United will visit Vicarage Road this evening. The Red Devils have won four of their last five Premier League games, sit in second place in the table and boast an impressive record of losing just once to Watford in over 31 years.
However, that one defeat came just 14 months ago and Doucoure admitted despite the world class talent on display for the opposition, it’s a feat something he and his teams are certainly capable of replicating under the lights this evening.
“Last season we beat them at home but this year they are better. They are second in the table and they have very good players.
“Maybe we can do something of course, we are confident, we’re playing at home and we want to achieve something. Of course we can beat them again.”
One player Doucouré is particularly looking forward to facing is his fellow Frenchman, Paul Pogba. The Manchester United man is considered among the world’s elite midfielders and was at one point the world’s most expensive footballer. The challenge that awaits our midfield dynamo is one he believes gives him the perfect opportunity to test himself.
“I like to play against the best players, of course Pogba is one of the best. I like to play against these types of players.
“I know Paul, he is my friend but it’s a big game and I believe I can improve and can know where I am alongside this type of player.”
It’s a testament to Doucoure’s performances so far this season that the Frenchman can be compared to the Manchester United man. He has been excellent for the Golden Boys this season and that’s not just with his ability to keep the ball.
The former French youth international has already scored four goals so far this season, his strike at Southampton the one that sticks out. And after already bettering his tally of just one from the last campaign, Doucouré told us just how he has managed to find his shooting boots.
“I have a lot of confidence and I have a lot of luck as well, which you need. I’ve played more games, I’ve taken my chances and I’ve tried to shoot more than last year, that’s it.” Doucoure admitted.