Quique Sanchez Flores exclusive: The plan to save Watford’s season
Quique Sanchez Flores outlined his plans to turn around their fortunes, and admits he wasn’t surprised to hear of Watford’s interest in him, only three years after letting him go.
Watford sacked Javi Gracia final weekend with all the club bottom of the Premier League, carrying just 1 point from four games, and it will not get much easier on Super Sunday, hosting Arsenal live on Sky Sports Premier League (kick-off in 4.30pm).
Sanchez Flores’ contract at Watford was not renewed despite finishing 13th in their first season back.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Spaniard insists he has good feelings and memories about Watford, and says some other turnaround will come with all the players’ mindset, and not solely their talent or strategies.
Asked whether it was a strange atmosphere to return, he told Geoff Shreeves:”No. Seriously, you need good memories, although when you venture out of a club, the chance is open to reunite. I did the same with all Getafe. It is possible.
“You have enough time to repair the feelings, should you are feeling frustrated or hard. Three years continues to be a time with my era, particularly in my entire life! So I had time understand and to repair everything. So it’s not a issue.
“I wasn’t amazed [Watford approached me]. It’s football, not because I’m great, but because in life. It does not just happen in football, but also in life. Individuals reunite with someone? Return with the feelings for areas?
“It is not only football. Like it’s the one thing on the planet we talk about football. Coming back to get a group is just like back, or back to your own kids, or coming back into a relationship into a location you lived. It’s just the same.
“It is not a drama. At Watford being a drama I never saw any portion of my time, I saw it.
Watford enjoyed a Fantastic year beating the likes of Liverpool in Vicarage Road, and Arsenal in the Emirates on their way.
He understands soccer has changed in three decades, also states psychological attitude is essential, though Sanchez Flores says he will try something to this time round.
“Right now the mentality is more significant than the physical, or the strategic. They can do a lot of things if they are really fit from the head. When you lose, you lose that energy in your brain.
“We will try to do some thing similar. But since it is three decades after you can never compare, and the football philosophy is different now. However, the most essential issue is to know our situation, try to fix as soon as you can, try to change the degree, the place from the team, and attempt to breathe well, as teams in the base, the players could be anxious and without assurance.
“It is not about the coach – it’s not necessarily about Javi Gracia, we love Javi Gracia, he is excellent – but it’s not about that, it is about the outcomes. Outcomes in soccer are unstable, it is impossible to know what’s going to happen, because every single game is tough.
“The situation of the team today is making the players a little bit weak, therefore the most important thing is to recuperate the players and give more spirit and confidence that they can win.”
The resume begins with morality, and references his passion for basketball and team sports’ success is down to the power of their back line.
“Is [defence] our biggest problem? Yes. We will need to recognise the significance of the defence. Not football, but in all sports. I follow a good deal of NBA, since I was a kid. I followed the finals, together with Golden State and Toronto Raptors, and Toronto have a team in offensive also, plus they won the series.
“In the last game, when they won, the journalists moved straight to the trainer to ask:’What is the secret? Can you beat the Warriors?’ He said that the key was the defence and that the passion.
“For every single collective team game, it’s very important to guard. If you are playing hockey, handball, soccer, basketball, it’s the same. If you don’t have a great defence, it is tough to attain your goals”