Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Watford Are a Serious Project. We're Getting Established with Elite' EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Quique Sanchez Flores Takes Inspiration from Leicester Ahead of Tomorrow's Clash

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Watford Are a Serious Project. We're Getting Established with Elite' EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Quique Sanchez Flores Takes Inspiration from Leicester Ahead of Tomorrow's Clash

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Byline: John Dillon

ONE thing in particular strikes Quique Sanchez Flores about Leicester's extraordinary leadership of the Premier League. It is only their second season back in the top flight.

For his own Watford team, this is the first year back. Amid the smaller clubs' rise against the elite in this remarkable campaign, this suggests to Flores big things might be possible next season.

Watford, currently 12th, were as high as eighth last month, a major feat at that stage of the season for a newly promoted side.

West Ham, a point off fourth place, are driving the revolution, too. Even second-placed Tottenham's title challenge has arrived early in Mauricio Pochettino's grand plan.

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri (right) is setting the highest standard, though, and Flores will come up against it at Vicarage Road tomorrow. The Spaniard appreciates why the ground has shifted and said: "Every team knows how Leicester are playing. What they do is simple. But can anybody stop them? Not yet," Flores (left) said.

"What they are doing is massive for a club only recently back in the Premier League. Normally, you need much more time to become established. It is a great example. Football is simple. Leicester have chosen one way to play and it is very straightforward.

"It is about good defence, very good counter-attacking and a great striker, Jamie Vardy. The results have continued coming. So they have had no reason to change. Vardy is cunning. All the players look for him. They know exactly where he will run. It is amazing.

"Always, it has been about Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and such clubs. But the key for the other clubs now doing well is organisation. They have all chosen one style one method to follow and stayed with it.

"You can talk about West Ham, who are building a great squad for the future. For us, our target is 40 points and we have 37. We look like a serious project. We are getting established. We look like a consistent team at this level."

This is sending a signal about change at the club. Before the appointment of Flores in the summer Watford had employed five coaches in three years under the ownership of the Italian Pozzo family. …

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