First Team 22/03/2020

Bachmann: “We Are A Really Good Group”

By Kevin Affleck

Daniel Bachmann believes his game is benefiting significantly from working with two experienced international goalkeepers on a daily basis as he works towards the goal of being the club's No.1.

The 25-year-old trains every day with Ben Foster, who was capped eight times by England, and Heurelho Gomes, who won 11 caps for Brazil, at the club's London Colney training base under the guidance of Graham Stack, who was back up to Jens Lehmann the year Arsenal went through the season unbeaten in 2003/04.

“We are a really good group,” said Bachmann in a live club Instagram chat. “We enjoy training with each other and there is a lot of banter going on, mainly about me and Gomey winning head tennis! I'm a lot younger than the other three: I'm the baby of the group, but it's nice to work with three top people – not just top goalkeepers. It's a really good time in training and you really look forward to it. It's always fun.

“It's a really high standard. It's really enjoyable, not just all serious. There has to be a bit of fun involved otherwise you go crazy. It's very good and you need to be at your best every day to keep the balls out the net. It's a very high standard and we demand good performances every day.”

Bachmann made his first Watford appearances in the cup ties with Tranmere and that has given him a taste for more, especially as Foster, 36, and Gomes, 39, are not going to go on forever.

“I want to play as many games as possible, to be as successful as possible and in the next few years, I want to establish myself as the No. 1 'keeper,” he said. “It's not always how football works but that's what I want to do.”

Nigel Pearson was the Head Coach who gave Bachmann his first start since he joined from Stoke in 2017, although he did spend the whole of last season on loan at Kilmarnock, and he feels the impact of Pearson has been transformative.

“It's been massive,” he said. “Not just the results but on the whole club. The atmosphere in the dressing room has changed, people are happy with the training methods and everyone gets on well. Things definitely changed a lot from the day he came in and that's reflected in the results. Everyone is working for each other – not just in games but in training. The standards are high and you can just see from the outside how well he has done. The song shows what he has done [in the eyes of the fans] in a short space of time.”


Read Bachmann's in-depth interview about his journey to Watford FC, his experiences out on loan and his time at the club HERE.

For a unique insight into the goalkeeper training sessions at London Colney, watch our exclusive Mic'd Up and GoPro video with Bachmann, Foster and Stack:

First Team 21/03/2020

Big Interview: Ben Foster

Ben Foster talks about maturing with age and what he does in his down time, in a self-penned interview...


STANDING OUT

It was nice to win the Players’ Player award last season as it sort of reinforced that I’d had a decent season myself, and long may that continue, to be honest.

I do think these Players’ Player awards are sometimes a bit of a popularity contest though. I sometimes provide the lads with a lot of sweets and chocolates and M&Ms and cokes and all that kind of stuff. I bribe them a little bit so I would’ve been fuming if they hadn’t voted for me!

Seriously though, people keep reminding me about something Troy said about me eating what I want, training twice a week and still being unbelievable, but the truth is I’m just getting very good at knowing what I need and what I don’t need nowadays.

At my age, there are some days when I come in and my body doesn’t feel up to training so I’ll do some work in the gym instead – and Troy’s welcome to come and join me if he can keep up!

MENTALITY SHIFT

Speaking of other players saying funny things, there was a tweet by Edwin van der Sar that got a bit of attention a while back. I said that goalkeepers are the hardest workers and he replied joking that maybe I needed to learn that when I was younger!

I don’t know where he came from with that but I always got on really well with Edwin at Manchester United. When I was there it was a wrong place, wrong time sort of situation and I didn’t enjoy it. But everything happens for a reason and I’m more than happy with where I’m at in my life and the decisions I’ve made.

I’m more chilled out now. I think it’s normal when you’re younger that if you make a mistake you’re swearing and kicking things, but that doesn’t help you. You need to be able to move on because you’re not going to be able to play at your potential if you’re stuck in that state.

Growing up helps, without a doubt, and younger players now are also realising they can go and speak to someone about things if they want to. I’m quite interested in the whole psychology side of things and it’s important players know there are people they can talk to about things like learning to deal with pressure and creating positives from it.

CAN COOK, WILL COOK

One thing that really helps me relax is cooking. Some people find it stressful but I love it. You just need a glass of red wine or a gin and tonic of some sort, and after a few sips of that you just take your time and enjoy it. It’s as simple as that.

I always do the cooking at home. It’s just nice most of the time to have that peace and quiet for about 20 minutes in the kitchen. In the summer I have the barbecue out at every opportunity and I love it.

There was a rumour flying around that I designed our own house, but that’s not really true. We bought the house and renovated it, and the only bit I was interested in was the kitchen. It’s my wife’s house and she was making the decisions, but as long as I get my kitchen that’ll do me!