Janmaat: “It’d Be Something Really Special”
As somebody who has previously played in both the Champions League and Europa League, Daryl Janmaat knows qualifying for European competition would be something special for Watford.
With an FA Cup final around the corner and seventh place in the Premier League still up for grabs, the Hornets could feasibly be making a first appearance in Europe since the 1983/84 season.
And while Janmaat warns it’s important Watford don’t get carried away, the Dutch right-back believes it would be an achievement worth celebrating.
“For the club it’d be something new and it’d be really special,” he said. “It would be a great achievement and a good thing to celebrate, but I believe we can’t look too far ahead of ourselves.
“There are lots of teams around seventh place so if you want to achieve it that way you have to do a really big job in the last games.
“There are so many teams around so you know for sure you’re going to need a lot more points if you are going to be in the top seven.”
Javi Gracia’s side have already set a new club record points tally for a Premier League campaign and are one of two teams in the running for FA Cup glory.
Janmaat reckons Watford’s consistent form throughout the 2018/19 season, combined with a sense of belief within the squad, have been key to their success so far.
“I think the main difference this season has been the consistency. This year we are much more consistent than the last two years,” said the former Newcastle and Feyenoord full-back.
“Previously we lost a lot of games after Christmas but we haven’t done that this year; we keep pushing and we keep getting results. We can’t win every game and of course you’re going to lose sometimes, but consistency is the key at the moment.
“Everyone is believing that we can achieve something special and I think that’s the difference this year. Javi has been a big part of it too. As the coach he sets the tone really well and the team sees the benefits of that.”