Javi Gracia believes the Hornets can compete against the Premier League heavyweights 
Javi Gracia via (Getty Images/James Williamson)

Javi Gracia believes the Hornets can compete against the Premier League heavyweights 

Javi Gracia bigged up his side ahead of the visit of Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea.

Matthew Wojciow

Following his side's 2-0 victory against West Ham at the London Stadium on Saturday, Watford manager, Javi Gracia was quick to look ahead to the visit of Chelsea on Boxing Day. 

Goals from Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu gave Watford victory on Saturday. In his post-match press conference, Gracia talked about the upcoming fixture at Vicarage Road with Chelsea.

A win for Gracia's could see them go above Manchester United into 6th place in the Premier League. A loss for Maurizio Sarri's team could see them fall eight points behind 3rd placed Tottenham Hotspur and a loss could also mean that Chelsea drop out of the top four and be replaced by London rivals Arsenal.

Reflection on last season's massive victory

Watford beat Chelsea 4-1 last year and Gracia was asked whether he will take any lessons from what his side did last year.

Gracia said: "Last season, it was my first game at home and it was special but it is the past and we know it will be very hard for us because we are playing against one of the best teams in the league.

"We don't have much time to prepare for the game, with one day of recovery after today we only have one day to get ready for the next game."

Chelsea are coming into the game on the back of a home defeat at the hands of Leicester City, Gracia was asked whether he thought this would make a difference to the game.

He answered: "It is difficult to say, but I know they have good players and they if they have the right attitude, then with their quality they will play at their high level against us."

How Gracia will deal with Sarriball

Finally, Gracia was then asked how would he set his team up to neutralise  Sarri's style of play.

The answer was: "It is not easy because, they have very good mechanisms to attack, and they have very good players and lots of options but to get the clean sheet against West Ham was very good for us.

"It shows to us that working together, with the solidarity we did against West Ham, we can defend well like we did against City at home, we lost 2-1 but at the end of the game we had the chances to get a point, I think we are able to compete with the better teams in this league and I think we are in position to go forward."