‘Our time is now’: Best of FA Cup semi-final Watford player quotes

“I watched the finals – I remember big teams like Manchester United and Chelsea playing at Wembley so it means a lot to me to have the chance to get to a final. And I’ve never played in a cup final before, not at any level, not even as a boy, never.”
Odion Ighalo

“When you know you’re going to play at Wembley it gets you even more motivated. At first you see the stadium, and you think ‘it’s really big!’ It’s the most famous stadium in the world. It’s a semi-final, a big game, but we just have to play it like it’s a normal game.”
Nathan Ake

“But the only pressure is from ourselves. The fans should really enjoy it because you just don’t know when you will be in this position again. We know that if we win this game, we are on the verge of becoming club legends.”
Troy Deeney

“It is of course a bit more expectant and tense before a match like this, but all looking forward to it and we are preparing as usual. It is a special match that of course everyone wants to play. It really has been labeled and the intensity of the workout before Sunday has triggered it up a notch.”
Joel Ekstrand

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“We’re under no pressure to win. Out of the four teams, we’re the one that got promoted last year so realistically we’re the underdogs and that’s how we’ll approach the game. But it’d be great to score. It’s the FA Cup semi-final, somebody’s got to be a hero, and hopefully that’s me. Again.”
Ben Watson

“All my family will come from France, that’s the first time they would have done that in England. It will be a special day for the staff and players, and it will be a special day for everyone that follows the club.”
Adlene Guedioura

“I’ve always wanted to play at Wembley. My team mates say it’s an amazing stadium and an incredible atmosphere. It is a great opportunity to get through to the final. Then who knows? If we win that we go into the Europa League.”
Miguel Britos

“We need to be completely responsible because we are defending Watford, 30,000 fans will go there, and we have an amazing responsibility, because we would like to be in the final.”
Quique Sanchez Flores

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And if that isn’t enough to get you going, then this will: