Date: 22nd April 2016 at 2:23pm
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Head coach Quique Sanchez Flores has said that this Sunday’s trip to Wembley to face Crystal Palace in the FA Cup semi final is one of Watford’s biggest games of the season.

With time to kick of ticking down as the weekend nears, Flores told the Official Site in his pre game press conference that the training ground had a special buzz this week as the players turned their attentions to the game.

‘It’s one of the biggest matches of the season. We are really happy because we have reached the target in the main objective that we had in the season, so now we are focused on this match. I can feel that all of the players want to play, they want to be there on the list and to participate in the first XI, so you can feel this kind of happiness in the squad. I think it’s amazing for the Watford fans and for the history of Watford, it’s an amazing opportunity to show Watford to every part of the world because there will be a lot of focus on Wembley this weekend in a lot of countries, so we are completely happy to be part of this.’

With only two points separating us and the opposition this weekend, and with one win a piece in the Premier League season, Flores said he was expecting it to be difficult and equally as tight as the last two were.

‘This kind of match is difficult because we know each other perfectly. We played two times against Crystal Palace, we have both won one game each. Both games were very competitive and even, so the difference is probably short in this moment between Crystal Palace and Watford. What we’ve learned is that Crystal Palace have an amazing team. They have a very good manager, and their players have done very well. They mix an English style with very good players and forwards, and they are a very dangerous team so we need to try to plan in the best way that is possible.’

Flores does however know that being within touching distance of the Cup now, both sides will be confident and positive of their chances, but it really is the stage where people start to think it might be your year, and whilst that serves as motivation for the players, it also can’t be a distraction.

‘When you arrive at this point in this kind of competition, the teams are normally really positive because you need to win a lot of matches to arrive at a semi-final. The feelings we have in this competition are really good, but we need to take care of the little details, take good decisions and try to be calm, because it’s not a moment to have fear. We beat the champions of this competition for the last two years in their stadium, so we have amazing feelings in this competition. We have been a serious team, trying to be competitive, trying to play well, trying to be honest with ourselves, so this is our idea and this is what we want to transmit. We need to be completely responsible because we are defending Watford, 30,000 fans will go there, and we have an amazing responsibility, because we would like to be in the final.’

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