Watford boss Quique Flores knows Norwich City win is vital ahead of daunting festive run
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Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores fears he will go 'crazy' if he starts to look at his side's challenging festive fixture list, starting with Norwich City's Premier League visit to Vicarage Road.
The Hornets travel to another likely survival rival Sunderland next week before facing Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and then Manchester City in successive matches over the Christmas period.
'What happens in two weeks, and what happens next month, I try to avoid that because I don't want to go crazy,' said Flores.
'I don't have an idea about Liverpool, I don't want to know about Manchester City. I don't want to know about Chelsea and I don't want to know about Tottenham. My main focus for the staff and players is to try to translate what kind of match we want to play this weekend. We have to play against all teams in the league, so three points against Norwich is the same value as three points against Liverpool. The most important thing is to be ready and to be competitive again against Norwich.'
Watford returned to winning ways at Aston Villa last weekend with Troy Deeney scoring in his third consecutive Premier League game. Flores is challenging his squad to go one step better and overcome City to clinch consecutive league wins for the first time since their top-flight return.
'We respect Norwich,' said Flores.
'We analyse their team and it is very similar to our team. It is compact, they fight a lot and they are very physical. Norwich is a very good opponent so our target is just to focus on this match. We can underestimate this kind of teams. This is a very tough team and we have to fight a lot.
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'The big teams are ready to win every weekend – for other teams it is more difficult – but we have the possibility for the fourth time to win this season in two consecutive matches and this is very important for us.'