Mazzarri | “A Very Strong Team”
Walter Mazzarri is seeking a demonstration of resilience when he takes his side to Goodison Park on Friday night.
The Head Coach is smarting from a run of five straight defeats on the road and does not need reminding his team have not scored on their travels since the memorable win at Arsenal in January. He wants his team to roll up their sleeves at the home of the Toffees this evening and pull off a surprise result.
“It's very important we go there and have a good game and get a positive result,” he said.
“We know Everton are a very good team and an even better team at home. We won the first game against them but they are seventh now and are a very strong team. We need to make them play less brilliant than they have been.”
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Acknowledging Watford have three awkward looking games remaining, Mazzarri says dips in form and a downturn in results are all part and parcel of a season. A campaign is full of peaks and troughs.
“I hope, first of all, not to lose all six,” he said.
“But it's normal in the Premier League to have these moments. West Ham lost five in a row and West Brom lost four in a row. This is normal, these periods can happen. Of course I hope for this not to happen to us. I don't like it.”
Watford reached the perceived sanctuary of 40 points four games ago and need just one solitary point to guarantee a third successive season in the top flight of English football.
“We reached 40 points against Swansea and I didn't want this [to think we were safe] to happen,” said the Head Coach.
“I kept saying we are not safe and underlining this fact. The game we played against Hull City was the only game I really didn't like. I didn't like the intensity we had and the way we played.
“Against Liverpool and Leicester, aside form the result, we played a good game. It was only decided by small episodes. I hope we go and play well [against Everton] and that the episodes will be in our favour.”
Mazzarri hopes recent results do not cloud judgement on a season that saw Watford occupy seventh spot at one stage – after the 3-2 home win over Everton – and record memorable victories over Manchester United and Arsenal.
“In order to evaluate the season we need to see if the objective has been successfully reached or not,” he said.
“You then need to take in difficulties throughout the season [like the injuries], When you consider this we did even better. It's a very good season. We did 40 points with still six games left and now we will see how the season will finish.”