Mazzarri | “For The Future”
Walter Mazzarri felt a positive to cling to from today’s heavy defeat at home to Manchester City was the blooding of three home-grown players.
Brandon Mason made his first Premier League start and acquitted himself well against the twin threat of Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne. Andrew Eleftheriou made his maiden appearance for the first-team when he came on for the injured Daryl Janmaat while Dion Pereira came on as a second-half substitute for his second appearance at this level.
“The positive was that three youngsters played and that is something Watford will have for the future,” said the outgoing Head Coach.
“These players had a dream come true, playing against one of the best teams in Europe if not the world. And now we know that they can do it for the coming years.”
Mazzarri said he “thanked the players” as “with the strength on the pitch that was all we could do”. The Head Coach said he had his hands tied by the amount of injuries afflicting the squad.
“It’s not a matter of athletic conditioning,” said the Head Coach.
“I didn’t push players when they were injured. These are the facts. There is nothing else to say. This is not excuses – these are facts. I want to thank Behrami that he managed to play central defender.”
Watford finished 17th, a fact that disappointed the Head Coach. But he pointed to the fact the Hornets were riding in seventh place when they had their full squad available against Everton on December 10.
“When we had the complete squad we were fighting for seventh to 10th,” said the Head Coach. “And when we reached 40 points, we were10th. We have six injured in the same position now and we had absolutely no defenders. I would like to see which team could do better.”
Today was Mazzarri’s final press conference following the news he and the club will part company this summer.
“I gave everything this year,” he said. “Everyone did. With such a difficult situation, a less experienced manager would have done worse. We were safe with six games left. I reached another landmark in my career.”