Gracia: “My Sons Are Singing The Songs”
By Kevin Affleck
Javi Gracia said his children are gripped by FA Cup fever and that they are fine-tuning the lyrics to the songs so they can join in the carnival atmosphere at Wembley on Sunday
Gracia is father to Jon (13) and ten-year-old twins Inigo and Mikel and they will at the home of English football on Sunday, along with Gracia’s wife Mariola, cheering on the team coached by the darling of Vicarage Road.
“My sons are singing a lot of songs of all the different players,” said Gracia. “In this moment they enjoy it but, to be honest, they all enjoy the Premier League and don’t realise how important games are or not. This is good for me that they are enjoying it with the team. I try to keep my family out of this life because sometimes when you are in problems and in bad moments, I don’t want them to suffer. I prefer them to be out of it but, at the moment, things are good and I want them to enjoy it with the team.”
Gracia is still trying to twist the arm of his mother and get her to come to the game with Wolves. He paid a lovely tribute to her in a video message put out by the club on Mother’s Day.
“Maybe my mother comes,” he said. “If we reach the final then I will definitely try to speak with her and get her to come. Sadly my father died nine years ago.”
Javi’s father would be extremely proud of how his son has turned out and what a job he is doing at this club. The Hornets have eclipsed their best ever points tally in the Premier League, are gunning for seventh spot and could reach the FA Cup final for only the second time in their history.
“It is a special season,” said Gracia. “We worked really hard in pre-season, and now we have the possibility to enjoy it with our supporters at Wembley in one special game. We have 26 players and they are all helping the team.
“We'll see how it finishes, but, right now, we have to keep our ambition. This is the moment we have to make the next step forward and to be able to keep our level, to keep ambition, to keep all the good things we have done before. Now is the moment to show it.
“We have achieved something special with 46 points, but I don't like to look back. I want to live in the present and finish as best as possible.”