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Xisco Munoz is very polite “Newcastle have a good team and manager”

3 weeks ago
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Interested to see what Xisco Munoz has said ahead of today’s match.

Or should that be…amused?

The Watford boss declaring: ‘We are learning and we have big respect for all of our opponents, and Newcastle have a good team and manager.’

It is laughable these days isn’t it, you don’t expect any manager to rubbish the opposition but you get sick of all this building up of the opposition.

Steve Bruce was at it as usual as well yesterday, making out like beating Watford would be some unbelievable achievement.

As for Xisco Munoz, do you think he would accumulate many points on Mastermind, if his specialist subject was  the lows and even lowers of Steve Bruce’s 23 year management career?

The thing is, it is better for you if you do build up the opposition beforehand, because then if you do beat them, you can then repeat it all over again to make your victory look extra good. Whilst if you lose…it is yet more excuses that Steve Bruce (or Xisco Munoz…) can point to.

Xisco Munoz speaking ahead of Watford v Newcastle this afternoon:

“It was a very good performance [against Norwich], and our tactics worked very well, but now it is important we continue with the same attitude, and take things one step forward.

“We learnt in the last game that we have a lot of potential in attack, and we’re working hard to balance that by being solid in defence.

“If we get that balance we can deliver a wonderful performance.

“In the Premier League it is a step up, and we know that even just half a mistake can lead to conceding a soft goal.

“We are learning and we have big respect for all of our opponents, and Newcastle have a good team and manager.

“They have lots of different strengths and are dangerous in lots of different situations, but we know how important the game is in terms of building momentum and consistency.

“If we can find the right balance on the pitch I think we can win the points.”

“Against Norwich we tried to give the balance we needed by including some experienced players, and it was good for the team. Everyone knows we have three very good goalkeepers, and Ben [Foster] came in and was excellent.

“Tom [Cleverley] is a top, top professional – I can’t speak highly enough of him. I have a great relationship with him and he connects all different parts of the club together.

“We will see if Kiko [Femenía] and João [Pedro] will be ready for the game. João is someone who provides a great option for the team, and like the rest of the squad has a big part to play this season.”

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