Tuesday 24 April 2018

Watford would be wrong to underestimate Swansea - Walter Mazzarri

Walter Mazzarri admires Swansea's style of play
Walter Mazzarri admires Swansea's style of play

Walter Mazzarri has warned Watford not to underestimate a Swansea side he believes to be languishing in a false Premier League position.

Hinting that former boss Francesco Guidolin was unlucky to have been sacked and replaced by American Bob Bradley , Hornets manager Mazzarri praised the Welsh club's style of play.

Swansea lie 19th in the table going into the game, but Mazzarri has told his players not to be fooled and has been impressed by the Liberty Stadium outfit all season .

"Even under Francesco Guidolin they were playing good football for many moments, so they are a very good team and in their stadium it's a team we have to be aware of," said Mazzarri.

"Swansea are a very good team that deserve more points than they have so far."

Former USA boss Bradley took over in the wake of Swansea's 2-1 home loss to Liverpool, only for his new charges to lose out 3-2 at Arsenal last weekend.

Mazzarri is wary of Watford being hit by the anticipated upturn in form that often accompanies a change of manager.

"Usually when you change a coach the team always have a positive reaction on the pitch," he said.

"Swansea have already shown against Arsenal that they have been playing much better.

"They played very well against Arsenal."

Jose Holebas and Etienne Capoue were caught bickering on the field straight after last Sunday's 1-0 win at Middlesbrough, but Mazzarri believes Watford quickly resolved any issues between the pair.

Midfielder Valon Behrami also laughed off the row, insisting the fiery Holebas has a habit of blowing his top with his team-mates.

"Holebas is a strange character, but he's a very nice guy," Behrami told Sky Sports.

"So everyone knows when you have an argument with Holebas it's finished in 20 minutes.

"They were just talking about one ball.

"It's fine, they are laughing every day and are very close together."

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