Watford midfielder Roberto Pereyra says he’s expecting a tough test when Chelsea visit the Vicarage Road on Boxing Day.
The Argentina international insists the Blues are a different team under the tutelage of Maurizio Sarri and he’s prepared for a high-intensity affair on Wednesday.
“There are always a great team, especially with Sarri this season they have improved a lot,” said Pereyra, according to the club’s official website.
“They have more intensity and possession in midfield. It will be a very tough game for us.”
Pereyra scored the Hornets’ fourth goal in their 4-1 home win against Chelsea last season, with the Javi Gracia’s men scoring three after Eden Hazard leveled the scores at 1-1.
The former Juventus player is well aware of the threat that the Belgian captain poses.
“The Premier League has lots of great players, and we need to be ready to face him,” said the midfielder.
“We are aware of their strengths and we will be ready to face them.”
“We are fully aware a couple of wins can send us high in the table, but also a couple of defeats can send us towards relegation zone.”
“January and February is when everything is decided so we need to get points in these games.”