Sánchez Flores: “I Felt On Sunday We Are As One”
Quique Sánchez Flores believes his rejuvenated team does not have time to dwell on the uplifting events of Sunday as the challenges in the Premier League come so thick and fast.
The Spaniard helped restore some belief by choreographing a thrilling comeback at Vicarage Road against Arsenal that very nearly resulted in a most unlikely win. Sánchez Flores, though, has been keen to stress it was just a point, albeit a very good point, and that there is plenty of hard work to be done, starting with the trip to Manchester City on Saturday.
“We have good feelings,” said the Head Coach. “We need to make sure we don't go too much about this match as the next one is completely different. It is not a time to talk about how many shots or how many attempts we had. It is time to be realistic. We still need to change the dynamic – this is the first step and then change for the next opponent.”
Sánchez Flores has seen a continuation, though, of the uplift in spirit and performance he spotted in training during his first week. The players have been at it again in the sessions this week.
“The behaviour and performance of the players at the training ground is amazing,” he said. “They look really positive. We need good results to change the last bit but we are really positive and understand everything about how they played in the last match and how every match is different. I feel them happy and feel confidence with the way they are training and the energy they are using. They look fit. They have a lot of confidence after the last match.”
The Head Coach will still be without Craig Cathcart for the match at the Etihad Stadium but expects the key defender to return to training next week. Isaac Success will be out for a big longer after injuring his groin this week. But you won't find Sánchez Flores lamenting the loss of injured players, including his captain. It's about the whole being greater than the sums of its individual parts for him.
“One thing we are proving is that it is not just about the players or about the fans – it is about the environment where everyone thinks the same,” he said. “This is very necessary. What I felt on Sunday is that we are as one.”