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Injury update and Marco Silva press conference quotes ahead of Stamford Bridge trip

Team News | Chelsea

Marco Silva will pick from the same pool of players for the trip to Chelsea after the Head Coach reported no fresh injury concerns. 

“It's the same situation as last week,” said Silva during today's press conference.

“Cathcart, Chalobah and Isaac [Success] are long-term. Kaboul and Sebastian [Prödl] are still out of the match. We expect them to work with the team the next week. Maybe not full training, but certainly with the team. It's too early to say with Chalobah.”

It's also too early, according to the Head Coach, to start indulging in talk of just how high Watford might finish after their electric start to the season.

The Golden Boys are riding high in fourth and would move above Tottenham into third if they were to add to their away-day showreel by winning at Stamford Bridge for the first time since 1986.

“The position is not the most important thing right now,” said Silva.

“Of course it's really good when you see the table and see the position, but it's too early now. It's important we know what is our goal and take it game-by-game, session-by-session. We just want to compete in every match and it's important we show our ambition during the match.”

Silva is one of those even-keel coaches who doesn't get too high when his team win or too down when they lose.

He's not dwelling too much on a start to the season that has brought just one defeat – and that was to free-scoring leaders Manchester City – nor is he looking too far ahead and plotting Watford's highest ever Premier League finish. You can forget asking him about a possible European spot.

“I want everybody to be really calm,” he said.

“We did really in the first eight matches but it's too early. We want to continue to work hard every day. Everything changes fast and you need to keep going and treat the next game as the most important. But of course I feel proud.”

There has been no resting on laurels or sitting back and admiring the viewing from fourth spot at the training ground this week. Silva has the players working as hard as ever and continues to preach the benefits of hard graft. 

“Nobody achieves anything without hard work,” he says.

“Sometimes it's a cliche but it's impossible to achieve anything without hard work. We need to continue in our way, be smart and understand the moment and keep our feet on floor. It's too early to be thinking other ”


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