Watford boss says his team should focus on the race for Europe

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 07: Diogo Jota of Wolverhampton Wanderers battles with Adrian Mariappa of Watford during the FA Cup Semi Final match between Watford and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Wembley Stadium on April 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 07: Diogo Jota of Wolverhampton Wanderers battles with Adrian Mariappa of Watford during the FA Cup Semi Final match between Watford and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Wembley Stadium on April 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

According to manager Javi Gracia, his team should forget they will be playing in the FA Cup Final and instead focus on getting to Europe.

Watford is set to play Manchester City at Wembley Stadium in the FA Cup Final on May 18th.

But before, the team needs to play six matches left on the 2018-2019 English Premier League season.

The Hornets is in the 8th position with 47 points, tied with the 7th position club Leicester City.

This year the seventh position offers the teams a chance to play in the Europa League Second Qualifying Round.

“Our final is against Arsenal – not in May. This is the mentality we will keep and then at the end, we will see the position and the points,” coach Javi Gracia told Four Four Two.

“But at this moment, our final is on Monday. My feeling is that the players are really focused on the next game.”

“At this moment, I prefer to keep the same attitude we had during all the season, trying to give importance to the next game,” he added.

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“I think it’s more than four [challenging].”

“The best news is we have to play one game more than the others. We have to take advantage of that chance,” Gracia said.

“We are going to play four games at home and two away.”

“We played together at Real Sociedad many years ago and from that moment we have had a good relationship,” Gracia said about Arsenal boss Unai Emery, the team they play on Monday.

“When we played together we didn’t know we would be in this situation (playing against each other in the Premier League). We’ve had dinner together twice (since I’ve been in England) and he’s a good friend.”