Watford boss lauds Hull City trio, stresses "total football" versatility.
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Watford boss lauds Hull City trio, stresses “total football” versatility.



Interim Watford manager Tom Cleverley has identified Fabio Carvalho, Ozan Tufan, and Jacob Greaves as three of Hull City’s main dangers as he seeks to seriously undermine the Tigers’ play-off aspirations.

City head to Vicarage Road on Saturday knowing they must win to keep their dreams of toppling Norwich and West Brom to break into the top six alive, while Cleverley looks to halt a five-game winless streak.

Liam Rosenior’s side travels to Hertfordshire in high spirits after a 3-0 victory over QPR last Saturday, and they will be looking for their 11th away win this season. Cleverley, who was appointed interim manager following Valerien Ismael’s departure, admits he has been impressed by the Tigers’ performance.

“We meet another team with their own motivation to play. “It will be a good game with two good teams, and we’re planning and preparing to win,” the former Manchester United teenager said.

“They are a team of highly technical footballers. They have [Fábio] Carvalho, the expertise of Ozan Tufan, whom we know well, and [Jacob] Greaves, who is on the Championship team of the year.

“They are an extremely technical crew with a little experience scattered throughout. They have a fantastic blend, so we’ve done a lot of work on them and prepared for them. We conveyed it to the players, and we know precisely what we’re up against.

“I don’t expect Hull to sit in the middle of the block and be pleased with a draw. They have their own agenda. They are a highly whole football squad, but they are not playing tiki-taka for no reason. They are good at what they do and have a lot of intention behind it. I predict a difficult test.

“I prefer to play teams that I see us contending with for spots next year, and they are one of them. They are very well coached, as are many of the teams we have recently encountered. They have a distinct style of play, and Liam [Rosenior] has done an excellent job in his early managing career. I expect a good test, but I believe we have the tools to pass it.”




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