Tuesday 23 January 2018

Walter Mazzarri warns Watford against complacency

Walter Mazzarri will not let Watford show any complacency against Hull
Walter Mazzarri will not let Watford show any complacency against Hull

Walter Mazzarri will take nothing for granted when Watford welcome struggling Hull to Vicarage Road.

Mike Phelan's Tigers sit 18th in the Premier League having lost their last five games, including a 6-1 defeat at Bournemouth earlier in the month.

Hull, newly promoted, started the campaign with a victory over reigning champions Leicester and followed that up with three points against Swansea.

They have not won in the league since that 2-0 success on August 20, with Phelan unable to take any points whatsoever since his appointment as permanent boss at the KCOM Stadium.

In contrast, Watford are enjoying their best-ever start to a Premier League season and have taken 12 points from Mazzarri's first nine league outings at the helm.

They were unlucky to be held to a goalless draw at Swansea last time out but Mazzarri is still expecting a tough test from Hull.

"In this new Premier League compared to last year, all the teams have become stronger," he said.

"The statistics you have shown are something we cannot look at. Middlesbrough were beaten at home by us and then got a draw the next week away to Arsenal at the Emirates."

Watford's start to the season has been slightly overshadowed by a recent Daily Telegraph report which alleges the club face sanctions from the English Football League for supplying falsified financial documentation during Gino Pozzo's sole takeover of the club.

Mazzarri stressed on Thursday that he has no concerns over the matter and does not expect to be hit with a points deduction, also saying none of his players have been questioning the ongoing investigation either.

"None of the players have asked anything to me or the club. I don't think there is anything to worry about. This will cause no distraction at all," he said.

The Italian is also not worried about the fact his side have won just once in the league at home this season, a memorable 3-1 victory over Jose Mourinho's Manchester United last month, having already hosted Chelsea and Arsenal at Vicarage Road.

"When we played at the beginning (of the season) we did not have the full, completed squad," he added.

"Then you have to take into consideration who you play. We have seen what Bournemouth can do. They are one of the teams in the best form.

"We are very happy with what we have done for home games."

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