16/07/2017

Reaction | Silva On Dons Defeat

Head Coach Marco Silva said the most important aspect of Saturday’s pre-season friendly at AFC Wimbledon was the chance to run the rule over his new charges ahead of the new campaign.

“Of course we expect a different result. For me, in a friendly match always it is important to win, but the most important of course is not the result but to start to see our model, to start to analyse our players because we need to take decisions as well.”

The Hornets head to Austria on Monday for a training camp and two matches against European opposition and Silva is looking forward to a week of hard work with his players.

“Now is the moment to start to input more our model, our main principles in our squad, to pass more time in our tactical work and to start to see better things in the match.”

Watch the full interview above (free, no sign-up required). 

First Team 14/07/2017

Chalobah | Exclusive First Interview

Walking into the Hornets' London Colney Training Ground was a very different experience second time around for Nathaniel Chalobah. 

Highly rated, fresh-faced and just 17-years-old when he arrived in 2012, the Chelsea loanee came without so much as a first-team notch on his belt, to a club that was itself venturing into a new era.

A Premier League winner rolled through the UCL gates on Thursday night to sign a five-year deal.

The 22-year-old's journey since his 42-game breakthrough season with the Hornets has seen him take in experiences both rewarding and hardening, giving him the grounding, he says, to further his career at Vicarage Road. 

“I think since my first time here, I tried to go forward and improve within myself,” he explained exclusively to watfordfc.com.  

“I've had some good loans, some bad loans. Last year for me was a year I'll never forget, in terms of winning the league, but also with a manager who gave me an opportunity.

“But that's in the past now isn't it really? In football, people only remember the last thing you did. I want to focus on what's now, here at Watford.”

You can watch the full interview above (free, no sign-up required) in which Chalobah talks in detail about his reasons for leaving Chelsea, admiration for his new Head Coach and his international ambition.