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: