Quique Sanchez Flores believes Watford’s performances this season have ensured the rest of the Premier League do not underestimate them.
The Hornets have secured 13 points from their opening 10 games to leave them slogging it in mid-table and, even though they eventually lost after a hard-fought fight, referenced Arsene Wenger’s team selection as a sign that they have won over the 19 other teams that make up the Premier League.
“The most positive thing is we’re playing like a confident team. We’ve won the respect of the league,” Flores told BBC Three Counties Radio.
“For example, Arsenal didn’t rest any players against us even though they had an important [Champions League] match three days afterwards.”
Watford welcome the high-flying Hammers to Vicarage Road this weekend and Flores is confident that they can burst their bubble. In addition, he was keen to stress that the Premier League table does not necessarily reflect Watford’s achievements so far this campaign.
He added: “We feel we are working well and the other teams recognise that we are doing it the right way.”
“It’s very important to make a difference between results and what we are doing, because sometimes we play well and we lose, and one day in the future we will not play well and win,” he said.
“It’s very important to analyse every point in different stations of the year.”