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Walter Mazzarri believes there's plenty still to play for going into the tail end of the Premier League season

Mazzarri | “Still 33 Points To Grab”

By Kevin Affleck

  
    

Walter Mazzarri has urged his players to summon the indomitable spirit they showed against Arsenal for the final 11 games of the season.

The Hornets kick-off their end-of-season run-in against Crystal Palace tomorrow (Sat March 18) and the Head Coach wants a repeat of the energy, skill and heart the team showed on their last trip to London, a match that yielded a memorable 2-1 win over the Gunners.

"I want my team to play the next 11 games as we played against Arsenal," said Mazzarri to the press on Thursday.

"I want my team to have the same spirit as we played against Arsenal – not just because of the result but because of the performance. If we play like this I will be a very calm manager. There won't be any problem."

Victory over Palace would move Watford to 34 points and put further daylight between the Hornets and the intriguing relegation battle developing at the foot of the table.

On the rare occasions he does observe the table, Mazzarri is looking optimistically up and not nervously down.

"I don't like to see too much the table," said the Italian.

"All I see is the average of the last 10 years [required to stay up] and we want to get to this as soon as possible as I want to look further than this, above this – not just for the team but for the fans as well."

Walter Mazzarri wants to emulate the Arsenal performance going forward

Watford finished 13th last season and are still on course to match that achievement, if not eclipse it.

"We are seven points from relegation but, if I'm not mistaken, they [Hull City] have had one more game than us," said Mazzarri.

"From other teams we are nine points ahead. What is important is that we have players back and that there are still 33 points to grab so anything can happen now."

    
  

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