First Team 11/06/2019

My Matchday: Gerard Deulofeu

The Golden Boys talk us through their matchday rituals, routines & habits.


Not just on a matchday but all through the week I always eat chicken or fish with vegetables and some pasta or some rice. The way I eat now is much better than in previous years. My weight is exactly perfect for performing well at the weekend.


On the bus I always sit with Pereyra, Kiko and Masina. Sometimes we play a game on the iPad called Parchis. It’s like a dice and board game. Sometimes Masina brings a speaker too and he puts on some music.


Before I used to but now I don’t really like to listen to music too much on a matchday. If I do it’s because somebody else has put something on.


When I get to the stadium I always stay in the dressing room and have some physio before the warm-up. Some players like to go and look at the pitch but I don’t really do that.


I wear the same type of boot every game. I have a special boot made for me with a protector at the back of my foot and I feel really good when I’m wearing it. Every three months I change my boot but it is always the same model. 


Here in England I am playing with leggings because I feel much better this way. Also when it’s cold I wear gloves and under armour. Towards the end of the season it’s too hot for those things though. 


I do have things I like to do as part of my matchday routine at home and at the stadium but I like to keep them secret!


During the whole week I eat, train and rest well and then after a game I normally go for dinner with family and friends to eat something different and relax. There is a restaurant in Mayfair which I think is the best in England!

First Team 10/06/2019

News: Welcome João Pedro's Family!

Ahead of Brazilian teenager João Pedro's much-anticipated arrival at Watford in January of this upcoming season, who better to check out Vicarage Road first than his mother and step-father.

And that's exactly what they did earlier this afternoon (Monday June 10) on a typical English summer's day; cold, wet and overcast.

But that couldn't dampen the spirits of Flavia and Carlos as they looked around a stadium busy with close-season development works, stopping for a panoramic photo on the balcony of The Gallery restaurant.

Flavia even tried to Facetime her son to show him where he'll be wowing the Vicarage Road faithful in just over six months' time, however a quick check of the watch confirmed he'd be out on the training field with current club Fluminense.

So it's not quite welcome João Pedro time yet - but it's very much a case of a warm welcome to his family from the Watford family!