First Team 1 month ago

Pereyra: “I Know The Things I Can Bring To The Argentina Team”

Roberto Pereyra will be hoping to play his first Copa América game in four years when Argentina face Paraguay in a crunch Group B game on Thursday.

The Hornets' playmaker last featured in the South American showpiece tournament in 2015, coming on for the last half-an-hour of a group win over Jamaica, who had Adrian Mariappa playing at right-back. 

La Albiceleste reached the final that year, losing 4-1 to Chile on penalties, but Pereyra missed the following one in 2016 and has only recently managed to play his way back into coach Lionel Scaloni's plans on the back of his form in the Premier League last season.

He has been called up for Argentina's last eight matches, scoring in games against Iraq and Nicargua and was an unused substitute during the 2-0 defeat to Colombia in their opening group game on Sunday. With progression from the group at stake, Scaloni could well decide to recall the 28-year-old for the second all-important game in Belo Horizonte.

Scaloni is looking to reshape a squad who suffered a disappointing exit at last summer's World Cup, going out to France in the Round of 16.

“I watched a lot of the World Cup and the expectations that were placed on the Argentina side were quite high, so I can’t deny I was disappointed with the tournament we had,” said Pereyra in an interview with the matchday programme earlier this year. “But again, this is football so we have to leave the past behind and try to build up again. We need to start again from the beginning and hopefully things will get better very soon.”

The spot on the left-hand side of the Argentina team is a difficult one to nail down as Scaloni can play Angel Di Maria, Udinese star Rodrigo De Paul or Pereyra there. It's that kind of competition, together with some rotten luck with injury, which explains why Pereyra spent three years out of the national team. He had won eight caps in seven months after being given his debut by Gerardo Martino against Brazil in 2014.

“I know how difficult it’ll be to get back my place with the national team; I’m not naive,” he said. “But I’ve done it before and I know my quality and the things I can bring to the team. I’m more of a midfielder, and I believe in that position I can contribute good things. So I will do everything I can to make it possible. 

“I’m so proud to have done it [many] times already, and I’d really like the opportunity to increase that number.”

1 month ago

News: Hornets’ Hospitality Top Of The League, Say VisitFootball

Watford FC boasts the Premier League’s best matchday hospitality – just ask VisitFootball.

The independent customer experience assessors from LiveTourism, commissioned by the top-flight’s governing body, scored Vicarage Road Stadium’s rich variety of hospitality experiences above all of English football’s biggest clubs.

Mandy Lane, Managing Director for LiveTourism, said: “The focus and attention to detail in providing the best possible hospitality experience is a credit to all the staff involved. This achievement is the result of enthusiastic well-trained staff and an excellent quality food offer, skilfully designed and executed.”

“I have already offered my sincere thanks to all of our staff involved in creating such a special atmosphere and experience at our Premier League home fixtures,” said Scott Duxbury, Watford’s Chairman & CEO.

“To excel in the eyes of independent assessors is only possible due to the collaborative nature of our work here, allied to a team spirit which is the envy of many other clubs.”

The Hornets’ matchday experiences for home supporters, visiting supporters and disabled supporters have all improved markedly since the club’s first assessment during the 2015/16 campaign, after returning to the Premier League.

Duxbury added: “It is one thing aiming to provide the highest standards possible at all times, yet for this to happen consistently under the spotlight of Premier League matchdays is an outstanding achievement.

“With new hospitality offerings opening for the forthcoming season, we’ll now enjoy the challenge of maintaining the highest of standards as we welcome more guests to Vicarage Road for a great Premier League experience with us.”