Sánchez Flores: “We Must Fight And Fight A Lot”
Quique Sánchez Flores said he would not waste time counting out how many points will be needed for Premier League survival this season.
The Head Coach would instead prefer to focus on what is in his own hands: improving the team’s results and preparing them for the fight which lies ahead.
“The situation is obviously not comfortable. It’s uncomfortable, it’s difficult and we can’t relax,” said Sánchez Flores. “We need to go one step more, one step up. We need to bring back the good feelings we had for the games against Tottenham and Norwich.
“We need to be focused with no distractions and concentrate on the work we are doing. It’s the only way we can do this if we want to change the situation. The only thing we can do is fight and fight a lot.”
Sánchez Flores knows results must turn around soon, but he is also aware there is plenty of the season still to play. After victory against Norwich he insisted all was not solved, and after defeat against Burnley he was equally keen not to lose hope.
“Be positive, there is time, there is time for the next match, time for the future because we have many matches to play,” he said. “It’s not the end of the season. If we are able to win, we need to start working again. The most difficult thing is not to win one, but it is to win and win again and again and again.”
Teams have stayed in the Premier League with as few as 34 points and others have gone down with as many as 42. Teams have been in similar positions to Watford at this stage in the season and turned things around.
But Sánchez Flores would not be drawn into comparing statistics about the likelihood of survival when asked if he was counting points.
“Someone told me that Burnley last year on December 26, had 12 points in 19 games, and in the end, they stayed up really well,” he said. “But I’m not doing this kind of count, it would be crazy to. If you lose your time doing maths it would be crazy. I have a lot of things to do with the team.”
The first of many battles ahead is at St Mary’s on Saturday against Southampton.
“It could be [a turning point], for us it’s a long time saying it’s finals and finals and finals,” said the Head Coach. “We are preparing finals but when you play finals I know what it means. When you prepare finals you need to reduce mistakes.
“We know they are dangerous, they have very quick players, good players in the midfield, strong defenders. But we have our players too, we have things we want to do. It should be even, like every single match in the Premier League.”