“I Know The Way He Works”

Hornets midfielder Valon Behrami is no stranger to the methods of Hornets boss Walter Mazzarri.

The Swiss international worked extensively with Mazzarri while in Serie A with Napoli, and after a difficult season in 2015/16, was reportedly persuaded to stay at Vicarage Road this summer by the Italian's arrival.

Nine games into the Premier League season, and Behrami admits the pair have an important relationship.

“This year for me it's a bit special,” he explained.

“I'm working together with Mazzarri, the best manager I had in my career so far. 

“I'm a different player now, I have more experience, maybe less energy, and I'm happy every day because I know what the manager expects from me and I know the way he works.

“He gives us all the information that we need to know before the game, every player knows exactly what he has to do and the way he has to defend and every single detail, he loves to work on that.”

Valon Behrami in Watford's 0-0 draw at Swansea

Behrami, a mainstay in Mazzarri's starting line-up in the Premier League, also said he was content with Watford's start to the campaign. 

“I think we did well so far,” he nodded.  

“We did what the club expected, nothing more, nothing less. 

“We have to improve a lot in some moments, we didn't start very well, it was not easy but we could do a little bit more in some games at home especially. 

“Away we have had some good results apart from Burnley, which was the lowest point so far.”


Club Statement

Watford Football Club was recently contacted by the EFL in relation to matters concerning a proof of funds document for £7m provided to the EFL by Hornets Investments Ltd in 2014 in order to ratify a change in Hornets Investments Ltd shareholding. 
The Club had no prior knowledge of any concerns about the authenticity of the document and Hornets Investments Ltd has invested over £20m into the Club since the proof of funds 2014 document. 

The Club takes this matter extremely seriously and has instructed independent solicitors to carry out an investigation into relevant matters and provide the EFL with the solicitor’s report early next month. The EFL has indicated it is happy with this course of action.
In light of the ongoing investigation it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.