"When you are in big clubs.." Watford boss Xisco Muñoz on Sheffield Wednesday's possible advantage over them tomorrow
A win for Sheffield Wednesday at Watford tomorrow would be their second on the spin at the home of a promotion-chasing and would put a whole new lease of life into their attempt at a great escape from Championship relegation.
The star-studded Hornets have won nine of their last 10 matches to go second in the table and are plotting an immediate return to the top tier.
But it has been suggested that Wednesday may have an advantage in that no fewer than seven first team players at Watford were involved in the fixture-heavy international break. For the Owls, only Liam Palmer was away and played just 11 minutes total, in Scotland’s 4-0 win over the Faroe Islands on Wednesday evening.
Watford boss Xisco Muñoz suggested the mooted disadvantage was not an issue for him.
“When you are in big clubs, you know about this,” he said. “The players are in the national teams and we need to have big respect for these games. This is the case for everyone, all the teams have players in the national teams, and everyone has the same time between the games. For us it’s nothing special.”
“We have been focused on the next game,” said Muñoz. “It’s important that game by game, we know what’s important in the next game. All the games are difficult for us and we always need to give our maximum. We have big respect for the opponents, and we know it’s important for us to keep our focus on the next game.”
He added: “I am only thinking about my team. We have our responsibility, our game, our focus. It doesn’t matter what happens with other teams, we are thinking about our game and the most important is we win, and we get another three points.”
On the fact Watford had so many players away on international duty, Wednesday boss Darren Moore said: “One thing that is a guarantee is that the opposition will have a quality team regardless of who they have on the pitch.
“I don’t think with the internationals they’ve had away, you only have to look at the people they still had in the building that they’re a top, top team in terms of the levels they’re at.”