The Watford manager believes his team worked hard but ended up losing against Arsenal in the English Premier League yesterday.
A single goal by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the first ten minutes of play was enough to give Arsenal a 1-0 victory over Watford in yesterday’s English Premier League fixture.
And after the match, coach Javi Gracia spoke of his disappointment after the team’s first defeat since Boxing Day.
“We have competed really well with ten players, that’s my opinion,” said Gracia to the club’s official website.
“My players don’t deserve for me to only speak about the result. Arsenal got the points but we had a good performance, playing with 10 players, dominating the game and trying to get a good result until the end. For me, it’s good news.”
“We did many things well. It’s true from the beginning the game was difficult as we conceded an early goal,” he explained.
“After the sending off, it was very demanding for us, but I think we tried. We showed our spirit, our character, creating chances when we were able to, one on the crossbar, one on the post and other chances as well. It was tough for us, but my players deserve recognition as they made a very big effort and I am very proud of them.”
“All my players make mistakes,” said Gracia.
“Me as well. It’s something natural. We have to live with our mistakes. All the players make mistakes, all the coaches make mistakes. I prefer to give value to all the good things.”
“When we win and one player scores, all the players and team are happy. We are a team and we enjoy together and suffer together,” Gracia continued.
“It’s about the team and we are not pointing at one player. This is the moment to be together. With ten players, in the circumstances we had, we competed really well.”
Two penalty saves in one game⁉
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