Watford boss labels Huddersfield clash their ‘most difficult game’

Watford boss Javi Gracia claims winless Huddersfield are the ‘most difficult’ opposition they could face

  • Watford host Huddersfield, who are still looking for their first league victory
  • The Hornets won at Wolves last time out and sit seventh in the table
  • Javi Gracia insisted that the Terriers will provide a tough test at Vicarage Road
  • The Spaniard feels that David Wagner’s side have been unlucky in recent games

Watford boss Javi Gracia believes his side could not have a tougher test than this weekend’s visit of Huddersfield.

The Hornets are seventh in the Premier League after last week’s impressive 2-0 victory at Wolves ended a four-game winless run and they face a Terriers side who have yet to win.

That does not tell the whole story, though, as David Wagner’s men have performed better than their results suggest and could have easily taken a point off Liverpool last week.

David Wagner's Huddersfield have had a difficult start to their second season in the top-flight

David Wagner’s Huddersfield have had a difficult start to their second season in the top-flight

While most people will have this down as a home win, Gracia is remaining cautious.

‘It is one of the most difficult games we can play in this moment,’ he said at a press conference. 

‘I think Huddersfield are getting worse results than the way they are competing.

‘Against Liverpool they played very well, competed to a high level and I know they can get good results. They defeated us last season two times.

Wagner is yet to see his side pick up three points in the league
Javi Gracia's Watford have been the surprise package of the campaign so far

While Wagner’s side are yet to win, Javi Gracia’s Hornets sit seventh in the Premier League

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 ‘We know it will be very difficult for us. We have to show our best with a very demanding attitude.

‘We know it will be a very difficult game. I have seen their results when they played away and they have scored one goal in all of them. They always score goals.

‘They are very powerful from set-pieces, from throw-ins, corner kicks. We have to defend players of 1.97m, so I’m sure it will be very, very demanding.’

Gerard Deulofeu continued his comeback by playing 69 minutes against Wolves last week, but Gracia is prepared to be patient for the former Barcelona forward to get back to his best.

‘I know that Gerard is not in his best condition,’ the Spaniard added. ‘He needs time to show what he’s able to do.

‘I think Gerard and all of the players who played in the last game, all of them, kept a very good level and Gerard in the minutes he stayed on the pitch showed that he can help the team and I’m sure in the rest of the season he will improve his level.’


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