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.