Holebas: “Football Is About Emotion”
José Holebas insists there is too much on the line at Wembley on Sunday to change his all-or-nothing approach.
The Greek defender picked up his 11th booking of the campaign in the closing stages of Watford’s eye-catching 4-1 home win over Fulham on Tuesday night when tangling with Ryan Sessegnon in the 90th minute.
Those cautions have, more often than not, come as a result of his committed and relentless playing style, which has earned the 34-year-old cult status among the Hornets faithful.
And Holebas is hoping that the Golden Boys can harness that same emotion and excitement when they face Wolves in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday.
“I am always like this,” he said. “Throughout my whole career already I have been like this.
“[Just because it is Wembley] why do you have to step back? I don’t get it. It’s just a yellow card. If I get 20, I get 20.
“If you make a tackle or you start moaning that is emotion, that is football. That is what we are living for.
So, is the former Olympiakos and Roma full-back excited at the opportunity of reaching just the second FA Cup final in Watford’s history?
“No.” Classic Holebas.
“Of course I am. All the boys are excited now – they’ve worked so hard for it, to come so far in the Cup.
“It is a special game for us. It’s very important for the boys, for the team and for the club.
“The team that puts the most work into their game and on the day will win this match.
“Every competition is important, you can achieve something in your career with it and everyone is thinking about having [the Cup] in their hand.”
The ex-Greece international has had to share Cup duties with fellow left-back Adam Masina this season, but featured in the previous two rounds against first QPR then Crystal Palace.
But Holebas is relaxed over Javi Gracia’s team selection, and knows that whoever is called upon will be ready to help the team.
“It is the coach’s decision,” he added. “He has got his own plan, he has to know what he does, and I think he does really well in this moment.
“To be honest, I like how it is right now. We are having a really good season so far.
“[Wolves] are also doing really well, but the team that puts the most in is going to win and the boys are really ready for the game on Sunday.
“The team is really focused, and especially for this game.”