First Team 01/10/2018

Navarro: “It Was A Dream, Now It Is Reality”

Marc Navarro said he achieved a childhood dream when he made his Premier League debut for Watford against Arsenal on Saturday.

Watford lost 2-0 to the Gunners, but Navarro thought the team put a good performance in at the Emirates Stadium.

“I think the team has done very well in the match,” said the defender. 

“The team has a good attitude, but the result was not good. 

“I am very happy for my first match with Watford - my debut in the Premier League - but it would be better if it came with a victory.”

A former Barcelona youth player - who joined the Hornets this summer from Barça’s city rivals Espanyol - Navarro was playing against a familiar face in Héctor Bellerín.

The two Spanish right-backs both came through La Masia and are the same age. They have remained friends from the age of eight, and ‘it’s a small world’ probably doesn’t quite cover them both playing in the Premier League for two teams that train next door to each other in London Colney.

It was a childhood dream for Navarro to play in the English top-flight as a young player in Catalonia, and he said he was pleased to turn that into a reality.

“It is not the best result,” said Navarro. “But I think the team together will keep working.

“For me it was a dream, since I was young I dream about my debut in the Premier League and now it is reality.”

After playing against Reading and Tottenham in the Carabao Cup, Navarro has been patient waiting for his chance in the Premier League. 

He was thrust into the team because of an injury to Daryl Janmaat, but his first thought was not about making the right-back spot his own. Rather, he spoke of his desire to see the Dutchman return to fitness, and it's a mark of the togetherness of this side that Navarro wants the man that had been keeping him out of the team to be fit and back as soon as possible.

“I was pleased to get my opportunity, but the injury to him is not a good thing,” said the Spaniard.

“He is a very strong man though, and in time he will come back.”

The players are starting to mirror Javi Gracia’s mental approach - as soon as one game is done you focus on the next one - and Navarro is no different.

He said: “We will work hard this week to try and get the three points [against Bournemouth].”

First Team 30/09/2018

Highlights: Arsenal 2-0 Watford

See extended highlights of the Hornets' trip to the Emirates Stadium, above.