After a draw with Newcastle earlier in the season, Watford sacked their manager Gracia and replaced him with Quique Sanchez Flores.
However, they didn’t get the impact they expected. While Flores did lead his team to a 2-2 draw against Arsenal, everything afterward was more or less as bad as before.
Quique’s second match at the helm was the most difficult imaginable one – against Pep’s Manchester City.
Even though losing to City is all but embarrassing, losing 8-0 is never acceptable as Watford players were ashamed publicly.
Watford traveled to face struggling Wolverhampton yesterday. However, Wolves slid to an easy win against Quique’s men.
— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) September 28, 2019
A bright spot will be a League One win against Swansea in mid-week, with Danny Welbeck and Roberto Pereyra scoring for The Hornets.
Watford did have initiative against Wolverhampton but failed to get the end product. Flores reflected on this after the match.
According to BBC Sport, Flores said:
“We need to score two or three goals to win a match.
“The aim of this team should be clean sheets and defend the spaces. Right now we are in the middle and the insecurities make us weaker. I don’t like this feeling.
“This is not the team we are looking for. I want less possession and for us to be more compact and have more pressure. At the moment, we are not a compact team. We are stronger on the training ground than we are in matches.”
It’s clear that Quique calls for more directness. Watford’s training performances aren’t translating to matches, and it’s causing a cause for concern for Quique Sanchez Flores.
Watford will host Sheffield United in the next week’s fixture.
This should be a big match both for Watford and Flores’ future, as Sheffield showed how dangerous they can be this Saturday where they almost took a point off of the Champions of Europe, Liverpool.