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Mazzarri: ‘I guarantee we’ll be much better against Leicester’

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.”

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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.”

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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.”