“I’m Very Happy For The Club, The Fans, The Players, Everyone”
An exceptional afternoon’s work both on the pitch and in the stands – that’s how Walter Mazzarri reflected upon yesterday’s famous 3-1 win over Manchester United at Vicarage Road.
The Hornets’ Head Coach dedicated the victory – Watford’s first at home this season – to all associated with the club, but particularly the supporters, who the Italian felt took their efforts to another level during an afternoon that will live long in the memory.
“Someone told me it was 30 years since Watford’s last win against United, so I’m very happy for the club, the fans, the players, everyone,” said Mazzarri, speaking after full-time.
“The fans particularly deserve it; they’ve always been great, but today they were exceptional.
“We have played very well before today but we’ve only taken points in away games, so I’m extra happy today.
“Most of all the three points give us confidence to keep on working. We can see that our work at the training ground is now coming onto the pitch.”
Among the talking points were what Manchester United manager José Mourinho believed to be a foul on Anthony Martial in the build-up to Étienne Capoue’s opening goal, but his opposite number in the dugouts maintained the stance on referee’s decisions he’s taken ever since the opening day.
“I never comment on refs, and that’s still the same now,” commented Mazzarri.
“You may have seen in my previous interviews this season that even when a referee hasn’t allowed something in our favour I haven’t commented, and it’s the same today.”
Mazzarri paid tribute to the way in which the Hornets prepared for the Manchester United test, a factor he believes was crucial in the final outcome, although the ex-Napoli boss is still looking for improvement in certain areas ahead of their trip to Turf Moor on Monday September 26.
“We prepared the game very well and studied their types of play all week,” he said, when asked what he felt Watford had done best.
“We’ve been improving a lot in the last few weeks, but we’re still looking at how we play more than the results. We want to keep the ball better when we’re winning and in possession.
“Now we play Burnley next Monday and we must be focused on that game.”
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