15/09/2017

Silva | “Nothing Changes In Our Way”

The visit of Manchester City represents just another game, according to Marco Silva.

The Head Coach is not being distracted for one second by the prospect of the Hornets moving to the top of the league for a few hours if they were to pull off a stunning victory against Pep Guardiola's side on Saturday afternoon.

With two of the other top-four not in action until Sunday, the Golden Boys could be sitting pretty at the summit of English football on Saturday night.

Silva smiled when the idea was put to him by the media on Thursday but, like any good coach, he's just taking matters one game at a time and not being too concerned with league position at this embryonic stage of the season.

"It's one more game against a great, great team," he said.

"If somebody looks at this as a big test then they are looking at it the wrong way. We start very well but we need to know what is our goal. We do everything to take points against City. It's important we don't lose focus on what we need to do."

What Watford will need to do is shackle a free-scoring City front-line who followed up five unanswered goals against Liverpool with four without reply against Feyenoord in midweek.

Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, with David Silva, Bernado Silva and Kevin De Bruyne supplying the ammunition, will provide a stiff test of Watford's new-found defensive resolve that has yielded three straight clean sheets. In fact, the Hornets have not conceded a league goal for 303 minutes of league football.

"It's difficult in the Premier League to achieve three clean sheets in a row," said Silva.

"We achieved something that is very important to us. But we are playing against a team who has scored nine goals and they have a lot of solutions.

"They have very good players in the back-line, two very good holding midfield players and then players who are creating lots of chances for the forwards to score. We will try and do our best to take the points."

Silva is embracing the challenge and relishing the prospect of pitting his wits against one of the game's super coaches.

"We have our idea and we need to keep the focus on the key players of the opponent but making sure we don't change our idea," he said.

"Our team will suffer a bit and play more at the back than we want, but this is football. We need to respect the opponent and pay attention to their key players."

But, says Silva, Watford are not just turning up to watch City weave pretty patterns. The Golden Boys will be going out all guns blazing in a bid to extend their unbeaten start to the season.

"It's a big game for us," he said. "It's a big challenge for us as a club and nothing changes in our way. We work in the same way, like we prepared for the first match."

If it's a repeat of the thrilling 3-3 draw with Liverpool then a packed-out Vicarage Road is in for a treat.

See more from Silva's press conference in the video above.

15/09/2017

Silva | “We Have Eight Points, Nothing More”

Marco Silva wants his high-flying Watford side to keep playing from the same well-rehearsed and exciting script when free-scoring Manchester City come to town on Saturday, believing his side's eight-point haul from four games is just the start of things under his watch.

Silva spoke to the media yesterday afternoon with his feet firmly planted on the floor and there was no sign whatsoever of the Portuguese alchemist getting carried away by the praise that has come the way of him and his dynamic side following a hugely encouraging start to the season. 

The Head Coach knows there is plenty of work still to do on the training ground and that there are much stiffer tests to come during the remaining 34 games, but the signs are hugely encouraging. 

"We are happy with everything we did until now," he said. "We got important points for our fight but nothing more. We had good performances in some of the matches, but it's the past. We need to continue to work really hard, in our way, in the way we know is the right way."

Silva has complete faith in his methods and his record at Estoril, Sporting Lisbon, Olympiakos and Hull City suggests not only they work but that they are transferrable, too. The Watford players are clearly buying into what he is preaching on the training field. 

"Everybody is happy," he said. "We are preparing to win every match. I'm really happy with our start, especially the last match to play like we played. It's clear we need to improve in every match and every training session. We have eight points, nothing more."

If Silva isn't resting on his laurels, basking in the reflected glow that a position in fourth spot brings, then you can bet you bottom dollar that his players aren't. Excitingly, he thinks there is even more to come once his ideas are fully absorbed and once the new boys have fully acclimatised.

"We need time to gel, time to play together," he said. "We have a lot of new players and technical staff as well. It is a different style of training and some players only arrived at the end of August. We need to put everybody in the same way. I am happy with how we worked until now. We have competed to take points."

It's early days but the Golden Boys are already nearly a quarter of the way to reaching the perceived sanctuary of 40 points and securing a fourth successive season in the top-flight of English football but, slowly and stealthily, Silva wants this team to claim their highest ever Premier League finish, beating the season the Hornets finished 13th under Quique Sanchez Flores.

"We don't change [our expectations] because we got important points," said the Head Coach. "It's clear what we want to achieve: to keep our club as a Premier League club and do something better than the last seasons. I believe we can do this but we need to prove this on the pitch and every day in our training sessions. We need to fight to take points."

See more from Silva's press conference in the video above.