Silva | “We Believe In Our Idea”
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A defiant Marco Silva will continue to send his team out to play firmly on the front foot despite the number of goals they have conceded.
With the exception of the game against Manchester City this season, Watford have seldom taken a backward step so far in this hugely entertaining and watchable start to the campaign. And that isn’t about to change.
Yes, the Hornets have conceded 25 goals – as many as bottom club Crystal Palace – but 14 of those have come in games against the top three. On the flip side, the Hornets have rattled in 24 goals, a record only bettered by the top five, and have quickly established themselves as one of the league’s most entertaining and freewheeling sides.
Silva will continue to go toe-to-toe with the opposition and if they score two, then he wants the Hornets to score three. The glass is very much half full for the Head Coach.
“People only ask about goals we concede,” said Silva.
“You have to look at goals we score as well. City were better than us – it was clear. But in the other games, Liverpool we draw at home, which is not a bad result for Watford. I was not happy we conceded four goals [against Chelsea and Manchester United]. We should do better, really better. After the first goal [against United] we lost too easy our focus, we start to make easy mistakes. We need to improve in this situation.”
Silva will continue to coach this exciting group of players to play with their foot to the floor.
“Our idea is not to put everybody in the box,” he said. “It’s not our obligation. Most important is what we have been training to do since the first training day. This is our idea. When we have the ball we play our game and believe in our idea.”
Watford conceded eight goals in two games against Tottenham Hotspur last season but the Golden Boys are a different animal this time round. Silva, though, says his side are likely to need to find another gear at Vicarage Road tomorrow if they are to complete the home double over the sides from North London.
“It will be a tough game for us against a very good team, with a very good coach,” said Silva.
“It’s one game we need to compete to a high level. What can give us confidence is what we are doing. The last result was a disappointing result for them and I’m sure they will come here to react and they will do everything to take a good result. And we need to do the same.”
Mauricio Pochettino said this week that he sees a bit of himself in Silva. Their tactical battle on the touchline will be one of the most intriguing aspects of the showdown between the teams ranked eighth and seventh.
“He’s one person who knows the competition very well,” said Silva. “He’s done a fantastic job. It’s one team and one coach with a clear idea and they are in a good moment, with good quality in the attacking line where they have a lot of solutions.
“They are a team who find the right moment to attack and to finish the actions. They control the matches, they have a lot of chances to score and to lead during the match. They have one clear idea and I don’t see them change their idea. When we have the ball we need to play our game as well.”
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