An upbeat Mario Suarez says he will look on the upside of what was a chastening full Watford debut against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
The Spanish midfielder was a surprise inclusion for Valon Behrami against Spurs at White Hart Lane but his much-anticipated Hornets bow lasted just 45 minutes as Quique Sanchez Flores sought to stem the tide and change tactics at the break. Suarez was the one sacrificed for Behrami and spent the second half of the match on the bench, contemplating he has a bit of work to do before he can fully transfer his obvious and lauded skills to the helter-skelter world of the Premier League.
“It was a tough game against one of the best sides in the Premier League,” he said in an interview with Hornets Player. “They made very good pressure when they lost the ball and it was difficult to play the ball. We lost, it’s tough but we have to keep working. I have to evaluate everything. I have to still work every day, to get better and better. I will get my best form soon, for sure.”
Suarez has been there, done that and got plenty of T-shirts yet it was a tough Premier League baptism being pitched against Mousa Dembele who, on his day, is just about the complete midfielder in English football. He had one of those days on Saturday, outmanoeuvring and outmuscling Suarez.
“It’s been tough for Suarez,” said Derek Payne during his commentary for BBC 3 Counties Radio. “Spurs pack the midfield so it’s not an easy game to come in for. He looks calm and comfortable on the ball but he’s got caught once or twice. You don’t get as much time on the ball here.”
Suarez, like Jurado did at Everton, will quickly find that out. “Our idea was to have more of the ball in their half but we didn’t make it, only a few times,” Suarez said. “It was tough to keep the ball but they played a very good game. I am always one to see positive things of everything. We make good defensive work but it was not enough today. We have to work to improve every day.”
In Suarez’s defence, it was only his second league start since the third week of November – the other came against AC Milan on January 17 – so he was bound to be ring rusty. He has a full week to continue acclimatising before the next game against Crystal Palace.
- Main image taken from Hornets Player