Tribal Football - Football News, Soccer News, Transfers & Rumours Latest Articles for Watford https://www.tribalfootball.com/clubs/watford Fri, 20 Sep 2019 05:07:31 +1000 http://www.tribalfootball.com/images/tribal-logo-rss.png Tribal Football http://www.tribalfootball.com <![CDATA[​Watford boss Sanchez Flores pleased with Capoue development]]> <p>Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores is very impressed with the way Etienne Capoue has developed.</p><p>The defensive midfielder is now club captain, and Flores believes that he is one of the senior members of the dressing room that others look up to.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/watford-boss-sanchez-flores-pleased-with-capoue-development-4297321?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BWatford'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores is very impressed with the way Etienne Capoue has developed.

The defensive midfielder is now club captain, and Flores believes that he is one of the senior members of the dressing room that others look up to.

The two have a history, with Sanchez Flores coaching Capoue the last time that he was at Watford as manager.

"He's really mature now," said the head coach to reporters about Capoue.

"Three years ago he was an amazing player, a very good player and very important for us.

"Three years later, he's the captain right now, also he's more mature, he's able to take and to organise some of the players - for us he's a very important player."

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<![CDATA[​Arsenal boss Emery: Dinner after Watford draw was perfect]]> <p>Arsenal manager Unai Emery is very happy with the way his team bonded after their miserable performance against Watford at the weekend.<br></p><p>The Gunners were 2-0 up and in control of the game, but they capitulated and gave away the win.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/arsenal-boss-emery-dinner-after-watford-draw-was-perfect-4297310?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BWatford'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Arsenal manager Unai Emery is very happy with the way his team bonded after their miserable performance against Watford at the weekend.

The Gunners were 2-0 up and in control of the game, but they capitulated and gave away the win.

In the end, they were lucky to get a 2-2 draw, with Watford creating many goalscoring chances they could have put away.

But Emery believes the squad has regrouped and discussed the game in detail at a team bonding session.

He said at a press conference: "Yes, they decided before the match to have dinner together.

"After the match they were disappointed but decided to go and be together.

"Our players are responsible for how they can take their hours out of the job and for me it's perfect."

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<![CDATA[Arsenal youngster Maitland-Niles raps Xhaka and... Emery!]]> <p>Arsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles has questioned manager Unai Emery's approach for their 2-2 draw at Watford.</p><p>The Gunners academy star has also questioned club captain Granit Xhaka's claim that his team were "scared".</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/arsenal-youngster-maitland-niles-raps-xhaka-and-emery-4297267?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BWatford'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Arsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles has questioned manager Unai Emery's approach for their 2-2 draw at Watford.

The Gunners academy star has also questioned club captain Granit Xhaka's claim that his team were "scared".

Maitland-Niles believes Arsenal should have been streetwise enough to have mixed up their game-plan of playing out from the back.

He told Sky Sports: "Words can't describe how I feel about it.

"I don't think (that the team was scared), I think we tried to play the way we played. We should have changed it instead of being so persistent and trying to play out from the back.

"We've spoken to each other as a team and the manager has also spoken to us.

"We know we've done wrong, we can all hold our hands up and blame each other if we wanted to, but we're a team and we take the responsibility as a team to be better."

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<![CDATA[Monster energy deals for Premiership clubs]]> <p>Global drinks giant Monster Energy has made its first major move into the Premier League through sponsorship deals with a swathe of top flight clubs, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.<br></p><p>Monster has so far been confirmed as the official energy drinks partner of Brighton, Crystal Palace, Everton, Leicester City, Southampton and West Ham United.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/monster-energy-deals-for-premiership-clubs-4297260?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BWatford'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Global drinks giant Monster Energy has made its first major move into the Premier League through sponsorship deals with a swathe of top flight clubs, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.

Monster has so far been confirmed as the official energy drinks partner of Brighton, Crystal Palace, Everton, Leicester City, Southampton and West Ham United.

Further partnerships with Tottenham Hotspur and Watford are yet to be announced, although both clubs are already displaying the Monster Energy logo on their official websites alongside their other official partners.

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<![CDATA[Team of the Week: Norwich dominate; Maguire excellent; Abraham fires for Chelsea]]> <p>Once again the Premier League shows everyone why it is the best league in the world, with Norwich beating Manchester City headlining the weekends results.</p><p>32 goals, 2 red cards, 5 clean sheets and some terrific highlights tell the tale of a thrilling weekend of football.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/team-of-the-week-norwich-dominate-maguire-excellent-abraham-fires-for-chelsea-4297184?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BWatford'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Once again the Premier League shows everyone why it is the best league in the world, with Norwich beating Manchester City headlining the weekends results.

32 goals, 2 red cards, 5 clean sheets and some terrific highlights tell the tale of a thrilling weekend of football.

We here at Tribalfootball look at the top performers from Matchday 5 in the Tribal Football Team Of The Week.



GOALKEEPER - LUKASZ FABIANKSI (West Ham United)

In Monday night's goalless affair, Lukasz Fabianksi was crucial between the sticks for the 10-man West Ham side that held on for a point away at Villa Park.

The Pole was at his alert best, when in the 40th minute he came out of his goal decisively to punch away a tantalising Jota cross.

In total, Fabianski made 5 saves, including a superb reflex save down low to his right as a deflected McGinn shot bulleted towards goal.



LEFT-BACK - ANDY ROBERTSON (Liverpool)

In a 14th straight win for the Reds, their Scottish left-back once again produced a top performance.

Dangerous as always bursting down the left wing, Robertson set up multiple chances, the first of which being a quality run fooling Emil Krafth and setting up Mane to equalise.

With 3 dribbles and 2 key passes, Robertson nearly scored himself late on as he tried to tuck the ball passed Dubravka.



CENTRE-BACK - FIKAYO TOMORI (Chelsea)

As one of the starring acts in Frank Lampard's young English brigade, Fikayo Tomori was terrific in Chelsea's 2-5 win away at Molineux.

Playing on the Left-hand side of the back-three, Tomori was solid in defence making 3 tackles, 3 clearances, 8 interceptions and winning 3 aerial duels.

However it was his offensive contribution that stole the show, when in the 30th minute the ball came to the defender 30 yards from goal, where he let fly with a first-time shot that curled into the top left-corner, giving the blues the lead.



CENTRE-BACK - HARRY MAGUIRE (Manchester United)

Playing against his old side, Maguire might have felt like Atlas walking onto the pitch at Old Trafford, however this didn't show as he was solid in defence in United's crucial 1-0 win over an exciting Leicester side.

Keeping a clean sheet and holding the foxes to only 3 shots on target, Maguire made 2 tackles, 5 clearances and won 4 aerial duels.

In offence Maguire was typically tidy on the ball operating at 83.3% pass accuracy, as well as registering 2 shots on goal.



RIGHT-BACK - SAM BYRAM (Norwich City)

In Norwich's heroic performance to snatch 3 points from title-favourites Manchester City, it seems cruel to not have room for all members of the back 4.

However it was the home-debutant who was most impressive, faced with a baptism of fire, having to deal with the likes of the inform Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling.

Byram registered 4 tackles, 5 interceptions and a colossal 11 clearances, as well as winning 2 aerial duels.



CENTRE-MIDFIELD - SCOTT MCTOMINAY (Manchester United)

Without talisman Paul Pogba in the side, McTominay stepped up to the plate and showed terrific leadership, producing a best-on-ground performance in United's huge 1-0 win over Leicester.

In his best game of the season for the Red Devils, McTominay was strong in both facets of the game, looking assertive on the ball with 4 successful dribbles and 6/6 accurate long balls.



LEFT-MIDFIELD - MOUSSA DJENEPO (Southampton)

In Southampton's important 0-1 victory away at Bramall Lane, it was Moussa Djenepo who provided the attacking spark that edged the saints to all 3 points.

When in possession, Djenepo made things happen registering a whopping 6 successful dribbles. The Malian's quality on the ball was on show, with his goal the product of a super jinking run, beating all defenders with extraordinary skill and strength, to then cooly finish it past the keeper.



RIGHT MIDFIELD - EMILIANO BUENDIA (Norwich City)

The talented and technical Argentine was at his best in Norwich's marvellous upset, playing with a ruthless tenacity on and off the ball.

Buendia was intricately involved in all three goals, whipping in the corner for Kenny McLean to head home, producing some terrific control to set the second goal in motion, and lastly poaching the ball off otamendi to tee up Puuki, claiming all three points.

Along with his 9 recoveries and 4 tackles, Buendia registered 3 key passes, 5 successful dribbles, 5 crosses and operated at a pass accuracy of 81.3%.



LEFT-WING - GERARD DEULOFEU (Watford)

It's no wonder that Deulofeu was mixing it with the likes of Messi at Barcelona not too long ago with superb performances like that against Arsenal on the weekend.

The Spaniard was creating chances for fun at Vicarage Road, registering 8 key passes, and 7 shots on goal, untouchable on the ball with 7 successful dribbles and clean in possession with 93 touches at 85.9% pass accuracy.

Along with those superb stats, it was Deulofeu who intercepted Sokratis' pass inside the area to tee up Cleverly's goal, inviting Watford back into the game.



RIGHT-WING - SON HEUNG-MIN (Tottenham Hotspur)

In the fluid Tottenham outfit that cut Crystal Palace to shreds, it was the South-Korean excitement machine that once again dominated the headlines.

With 2 superb goals, the first a smart finish after running in behind from a long Alderweireld ball, and the second a first time volley at the back post from Aurier's deep cross.

Along with his 5 shots on goal, Son was terrific in setting up chances. It was his pass to out to Aurier that set up the second goal and his terrific outside-of-the-boot ball through to kane to set up the fourth.



CENTRE-FORWARD - TAMMY ABRAHAM (Chelsea)

Tammy Abraham has well and truly answered the critics with a hat-trick at the Molineux taking him to the top of the Premier League Golden Boot tally.

It was a magnificent hat-trick for the young Englishmen. The first, a clinical twisting finish, the second a smart header and the final goal, some classy control followed by a bit of trickery to bamboozle Coady and smash the ball past the keeper to claim the matchball.

Abraham was also a presence in the air winning 7 aerial duels.



MANAGER OF THE WEEK - DANIEL FARKE (Norwich City)

Beating the seemingly unstoppable Manchester City side is improbable enough let alone without almost all key defensive personal. This was the inconceivable task that Daniel Farke was faced with.

The Canaries faced up to the league's top scorers without Klose, Zimmerman, Hanley, Trybull, Roberts, Leiner, Vrancic, Aarons and both Krul and Godfrey under injury cloud. Lining up with home debutant Sam Byram and defensive midfielder Ibrahim Amadou playing at CB, to even get a point would seem impossible.

However with the dynamic front 3 of Puuki, Cantwell and Buendia (who were all excellent), the Canaries found chinks in the Man City armour and managed to pull off one of the greatest wins in the club's recent history.



SUBSTITUTE OF THE WEEK - ROBERTO FIRMINO (Liverpool)

Coming on in the 36th minute in place of Divock Origi, Firmino was so excellent off the bench that arguments could be made to include him in the starting team of the week.

The Brazilian's touch was simply genius (especially in the second half), creating chances out of thin air to tear holes through the Newcastle defence.

Firmino registered 4 key passes, one of which a sensational roulette turn playing through Salah to ice the game.



GOAL OF THE WEEK - MOUSSA DJENEPO (Southampton)

Despite a cluster of quality goals from around the league on the weekend, it was Djenepo's run that gets the cake on Matchday 5.

Picking up the ball 30 yards from goal, the Malian charged forward moving past Norwood with strength and skill, and baulking the central defenders to get in on goal, smashed it past the keeper to win the game.




MOMENT OF THE WEEK - NICOLAS OTAMENDI SLIP (Manchester City)

Buendia dispossessing an unsuspecting Otamendi on the edge of the area leading to the winning goal is symbolic of the broader impact of this game.

Despite having a centre-back pair worth around 85 million pounds, the absence of Aymeric Laporte left behind a shaky defence that faltered against newly promoted Norwich.

This mistake, this result, has certainly blown the title race open for Liverpool, who now have a significant lead at the top.

City need to remove these defensive frailties from their game if they want to reclaim their title for a third year running.


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<![CDATA[Dawson says Watford revitalised under Sanchez Flores]]> <p>Craig Dawson believes Watford are revitalised under new manager Quique Sanchez Flores.</p><p>The Hornets came from two goals behind to draw with Arsenal in Sanchez Flores' first game in charge last Sunday.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/dawson-says-watford-revitalised-under-sanchez-flores-4297213?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BWatford'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Craig Dawson believes Watford are revitalised under new manager Quique Sanchez Flores.

The Hornets came from two goals behind to draw with Arsenal in Sanchez Flores' first game in charge last Sunday.

"It's obviously difficult when the manager departs," Dawson said.

"But the new manager's come in now and had a great week on the training pitch and everybody's working really hard - I think you could see that today, the fight, the belief, the passion was all there and hopefully we can just improve on today's performance.

"That's modern football at the minute - as players you've just got to work as hard as you can for each manager. It's a tough game coming up, but hopefully we can do well.

"The manager believes we can win every single game and that's the attitude we take into every game. It's going to be a tough game, we know that - we'll have to be at our best and hopefully we can be."

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<![CDATA[Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster: First win around corner]]> <p>Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster is confident the club will soon win their first game of the season.</p><p>The Hornets showed plenty of spirit against Arsenal on Sunday, coming back from two goals to draw the game.<br> <br> And Foster thinks a win is just around the corner for the Hertfordshire club.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/watford-goalkeeper-ben-foster-first-win-around-corner-4297207?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BWatford'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster is confident the club will soon win their first game of the season.

The Hornets showed plenty of spirit against Arsenal on Sunday, coming back from two goals to draw the game.

And Foster thinks a win is just around the corner for the Hertfordshire club.

"I was a bit disappointed to be perfectly honest" said the goalkeeper after the Arsenal game.

"We were 2-0 down at half-time despite probably being the better team. To draw the game 2-2, it's great to get a point but three points were there for the taking.

"You can't take it away from the lads, they were fantastic today, in the second-half especially. We created so many chances, the win's going to come soon."

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<![CDATA[Arsenal goalkeeper Leno: Law change giving us problems]]> <p>Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno insists a law change created the confusion for their 2-2 draw at Watford.</p><p>At the key moment, Sokratis Papastathopoulos collected the ball from Leno in the box from a goal kick, before his pass was snatched by the grateful Gerard Deulofeu.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/arsenal-goalkeeper-leno-law-change-giving-us-problems-4297092?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BWatford'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno insists a law change created the confusion for their 2-2 draw at Watford.

At the key moment, Sokratis Papastathopoulos collected the ball from Leno in the box from a goal kick, before his pass was snatched by the grateful Gerard Deulofeu.

Tom Cleverley then thumped the ball home before Roberto Pereyra earned the Hornets a point from the penalty spot.

New rules installed before the start of the season now state that the goalkeeper does not have to pass the ball outside the box from a goal kick.

That invites defenders to start the phase of play form inside the box, encouraging teams to play short and out from the back, something Unai Emery likes.

Leno has since revealed that the law change has complicated things for the Arsenal defence as Sunday's punishment proved.

It has changed the game a lot because the first pass is always without pressure to, for example, the centre-backs," the German told the Evening Standard.

The first pass is always without danger and then the team can decide [from there].

"It is more difficult now [when teams] press very high for the defending team. But you see, the rule changed the game a little bit and it is new for everybody. We have to work with this change."

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<![CDATA[Talking Tactics: Lampard emulates Conte; Arsenal suicidal; Norwich shock]]> <p>Another thrilling weekend of Premier League action saw four or more goals in no fewer than six matches, but there is no doubt which result grabs all the headlines. Norwich City's 3-2 win against the champions Manchester City was extraordinary and richly deserved; Daniel Farke's side were outstanding on and off the ball.</p><p>Elsewhere Tottenham rediscovered their verve on home turf, Watford took advantage of another confusing tactical setup from Arsenal, and Chelsea hit five in a new 3-4-2-1 formation. Here are three tactical things we learnt from the weekend action:</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/talking-tactics-lampard-emulates-conte-arsenal-suicidal-norwich-shock-4297001?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BWatford'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Another thrilling weekend of Premier League action saw four or more goals in no fewer than six matches, but there is no doubt which result grabs all the headlines. Norwich City's 3-2 win against the champions Manchester City was extraordinary and richly deserved; Daniel Farke's side were outstanding on and off the ball.

Elsewhere Tottenham rediscovered their verve on home turf, Watford took advantage of another confusing tactical setup from Arsenal, and Chelsea hit five in a new 3-4-2-1 formation. Here are three tactical things we learnt from the weekend action:



1) Norwich's perfect tactics assisted by Guardiola's focus on width

Farke's team were outstanding on Saturday, improving dramatically on previous Premier League outings by sitting deep and in a narrow 4-2-3-1. They have clearly learnt from their earlier openness, showing defensive resilience and discipline here in a midfield W-shape that meant the wingers cut off passing lines to David Silva and Ilkay Gundogan and their number ten Marco Stiepermann could mark Rodri.

Norwich left Man City's back four alone, refusing to press, which meant mostly aimless possession for Pep Guardiola's side; it was unexpectedly patient, for which Farke and his side deserve a lot of credit. On the ball, their calm short-passing out from the back successfully evaded the visitors' press and forced Man City to drop a bit deeper. They are not used to doing this, which explains their passive resistance in their own half for the first two Norwich goals.

The hosts were assisted by Guardiola's tactical mistakes. Leaving Kevin de Bruyne on the bench, they struggled to build from deep (Rodri and Gundogan were completely disconnected and David Silva sat too high up the pitch), while their best players Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva were harmlessly hugging the touchline. Man City were most dangerous on the rare occasions Sterling picked up the ball in the central column and yet Guardiola's double substitution on the hour mark doubled down on width.

He told De Bruyne to move to the right wing and constantly swing crosses towards Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero. Despite Norwich's aerial superiority and high number of bodies behind the ball Man City attempted 47 crosses double their season average.



2) Deulofeu & Doucoure shine as Flores exposes Arsenal's narrowness

Gerard Deulofeu had an incredible 93 touches of the ball in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal, putting in his best performance of the season largely thanks to the visitors' use of a narrow diamond 4-4-2 formation. It was the second time this season Unai Emery has deployed the formation and the second time his midfielders had no idea what to do, leaving astonishingly large patches of grass out wide.

Considering Ainsley Maitland-Niles needs more help than most, it was a suicidal tactic; Deulofeu had the beating of him all match, and Watford were able to consistently feed the Spaniard because Abdoulaye Doucoure controlled central midfield. Mesut Ozil didn't press from the tip of the diamond, plus Dani Ceballos was unable to defend successfully and Granit Xhaka constantly drifted away from his base position.

Quique Sanchez Flores deserves praise for his in-game tactical decisions as the pattern unfolded. He brought Daryl Janmaat off the bench to make overlapping runs down the right, helping to earn the penalty for Watford's equaliser and set up a final 10 minutes in which Watford pummeled the visitors down that flank.



3) Aurier & Alderweireld breathe new life into Spurs

Tottenham's poor home form against deep-lying opposition has been a serious cause for concern over the last few weeks; the 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle United follows an inability to break down the likes of Brighton, Crystal Palace, and West Ham towards the end of last season. But Mauricio Pochettino's side emphatically ended these stagnant attacking performances on Saturday with Serge Aurier and Toby Alderweireld shining.

Aurier's directness from right-back and excellent fizzing crosses earning two assists were a reminder that Spurs need energetic full-backs for their tactics to work. Pochettino's emphasis on narrow attacking lines has always demanded a player like Kyle Walker to provide the width, and so Aurier's performance this weekend was timely. He must feature more regularly this season, especially against bottom-half clubs.

Alderweireld played 15 long passes, his first few of the afternoon pinpoint balls over the top for Son Heung-Min to force the Crystal Palace defence to backpedal and fall out of their shell. This assertiveness and verticality from the outset gave Spurs an urgency they have so often lacked in these sort of fixtures, inspiring the crowd to lift the mood inside Tottenham Hotspur stadium. Spurs have finally woken up.



Best of the Week - Chelsea's 3-4-2-1 shows promise for the future

Frank Lampard used a Conte-esque 3-4-2-1 formation on Saturday in order to counteract Wolves' 3-5-2, a formation that provides a numerical advantage in defence, midfield, and attack against a 4-3-3. However, following an assured performance Lampard may decide to stick with this system for the time being.

Having a third centre-back eliminated some of their defensive concerns; Fikayo Timori could step out to meet countering Wolves midfielders, helping close the gaps in midfield that have plagued Chelsea this season (they seem incapable of transitioning from attack to defence). Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso (or Emerson) are vulnerable defensively, too, meaning they clearly benefit from the extra defensive cover in a 3-4-2-1.

Further up the pitch Mason Mount and Willian combined well in the inside forward positions to provide Tammy Abraham with close support, while N'Golo Kante when he returns from injury will prefer playing in a two-man central midfield.



Worst of the Week - Leicester aren't tactically brave enough to trouble Man Utd

Leicester City were punished on Saturday for failing to pick their most attacking line-up as Brendan Rodgers continued his use of two defensive midfielders in tough away games. Manchester United were there for the taking, but Leicester could not build momentum. Hamza Choudhury isn't assertive in possession and James Maddison, drifting in from the left flank, had no left-wing option to pass to only an under-performing Youri Tielemans.

The lack of options was disappointing to say the least. United were able to float pretty aimlessly through a match that never really got going, winning via a penalty conceded by Caglar Soyuncu - who is struggling to adapt to English football. Leicester missed the chance to lay down a marker at Old Trafford. If they want to finish top four then Rodgers needs to approach matches with the mentality of a top-four team by trusting his attacking players.

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<![CDATA[Watford defender Kabesele: The difference between Gracia and Flores]]> <p>Watford defender Christian Kabesele has revealed the key difference between Javi Gracia and Quique Sanchez Flores.</p><p>The Hornets came back from two goals down to nab a point against Arsenal on Sunday in what was Sanchez Flores' first game in charge since replacing Gracia.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/watford-defender-kabesele-the-difference-between-gracia-and-flores-4297063?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BWatford'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Watford defender Christian Kabesele has revealed the key difference between Javi Gracia and Quique Sanchez Flores.

The Hornets came back from two goals down to nab a point against Arsenal on Sunday in what was Sanchez Flores' first game in charge since replacing Gracia.

Speaking after the match, Kabasele said: "Quique is maybe more vocal than Javi. Javi was a more quiet person that explained things more with calmness and now the new manager is more like fire, I would say.

"It's good because maybe we needed this change of approach to try to wake up everybody."

On the result, he added: "It's like a win because we were 2-0 down and we came back against a good team.

"It gives us confidence. The next game, it will be really really tough and we need to work with what we did today, especially in the second-half. We have a really good squad and it's up to us to try to not concede too easily."

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