Mazzarri Previews Palace
Head coach Walter Mazzarri has previewed this weekend's clash against Crystal Palace and admitted surprise at where they find themselves in the Premier League table.
Meeting with the media to host his pre game press conference, the Official Site have Mazzarri discussing team news and Etienne Capoue is a doubt for the match with illness.
'Capoue has had a fever for two days and hasn't been training so we will check tomorrow. Only Christian Kabasele, Ben Watson, Roberto Pereyra and Mauro Zarate are not training so if nothing else happens, we should have the rest available.'
Mazzarri confirmed that there were no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game and we could welcome back Daryl Janmaat and Nordin Amrabat to contention and with minimal time off between fixtures, the Italian feels he's been able to 'improve some of the small details.'
As for Palace more specifically, he went on to say.
'We have to go there and give everything in order to come out with a positive outcome. They are on a good run, are in good form and are in good condition. The game will be decided by individuals. In order to have a positive outcome my players have to come to the pitch with their legs and their heads in perfect condition. From now, all games will be extremely difficult and different form the first half of the season. They will all be battles, they will all be finals.'
Mazzarri continued on to say.
'Palace are one of those teams that, when you look at their squad, nobody thought when we started that it would have fought relegation. We will play them in their best moment as they come from two positive results. They've got an important fan base so it won't be easy. We go to the pitch knowing we cannot commit any mistakes.'
With eleven games now remaining in the season, when pushed on potential relegation worries for Watford given our proximity to the bottom of the table, he admitted 'anything can happen' so it's about making sure the players make something happen for themselves.
The Hertfordshire Mercury quote him as saying.
'We are seven points ahead of the relegation zone and that team (Hull City) have played one more game than us. And then there are the other two teams (Sunderland and Middlesbrough) and we are nine ahead of the second bottom team. Also, there are other teams that are in similar situations, if you look at teams like Bournemouth and others. It's very important to remember that we now we have many fit players back with us. There are still 11 games, 33 points up for grabs and it means that anything can happen.'
Pressed on what he'd consider a disappointing league finish come the end of the campaign, he wasn't going to be drawn on that, preferring instead to look up the table.
'I will tell you at the end of the season. Right now it's not the right moment. As I said before, anything can happen. There is still time to go on a great run in the Premier League or you can put yourself in trouble. I will answer at the end of the season.'