Watford’s head coach Quique Sanchez Flores has described this season as one of the most enjoyable of his distinguished career.
It’s some statement from the Spaniard who, don’t forget, played for Real Madrid and Spain before guiding Atletico Madrid to Europa League and Super Cup victories as a coach. He also won the Portuguese League Cup with Benfica during his sole season in charge of the Portuguese giants.
Sanchez Flores feels at home at Watford. He has fallen hard for English football and life in London. He is often seen running on Hampstead Heath on his days off and played football in the Watford area last night. Added to that, he’s taken the town’s team to the semi-final of the most famous knockout cup competition in the world and secured an unprecedented second season of Premier League football.
“In terms of my happiness and my feelings, this is one of the best seasons I have lived in my career,” the Spaniard said. “It is definitely is near the top. This is a very important season in the history of Watford. I am very proud because the fans have enjoyed this season. They haven’t suffered.
“I feel the target for the season is practically done. I remember after the first match against Everton, we played really well but got only one point. I thought that getting 40 would be tough. We have worked very hard all season and when we reached 41 it was amazing.”
Sanchez Flores laughed when he was asked if he had a glass of wine to celebrate Watford overcoming the 40-point mark on Saturday afternoon. He’s busy plotting the downfall of West Ham, how to get one over Alan Pardew on Sunday and helping to finalise the shortlist of summer transfer targets.
“We will not change our idea on players,” Sanchez Flores said. “Since pre-season we’ve always worked in the same way. We know what type of players we want. We know what physical and technical characteristics we want and what mentality. Inside the club it’s clear. We will continue to work hard.”