Walter Mazzarri has told the Watford fans, who feel their team owes them one after the events at Anfield, that they are guaranteed a “great performance” on Saturday if his team play with the anger that has been burning inside him since the mauling on Merseyside.
“I hope the team is as angry as I am,” said the head coach. “If they are as angry as me, it will be a great performance. We have an important game in terms of performance. You cannot predict the scoreline but games can be decided by performances.”
Mazzarri got neither at Anfield and he would have been entitled to throw a few tea cups in the away dressing room.
“What I said to the players stays within the dressing room,” he said. “They know what happened, and what I said, but now it’s up to them to go and show me they understood what I want, and I have no doubt they do. I expect a game completely different from the one we had against Liverpool, but I want them to show it on the pitch rather than me talk about it.”
The non-international players got three days off after the last Premier League game while Mazzarri, who lives on the Herts-Middlesex border, took a couple of days to try and get away from the stresses and strains of being a Premier League head coach. Yet it wasn’t long before he was pouring over the 6-1 video nasty with his coaching staff.
“Unfortunately the loss against Liverpool came just before the break,” he said. “And I managed to see the whole completed squad for the first time on Wednesday. I have spoken with them and I guarantee the game with Leicester will be completely different. I told them that lessons needed to be learned and I am sure they have understood what was said.”