Watford forward Ignacio Pussetto says he and his teammates are viewing the end of the season as ‘nine finals’ in their efforts to avoid relegation.

The Premier League is set to return on June 17th, with clubs having agreed to a new, compact schedule to get the season completed as soon as possible.

The new schedule will mean clubs will be playing at least two games a week for the foreseeable future, an almost tournament like scenario.

Watford return to action sitting 17th in the table, level on points with Bournemouth a place below them in the relegation zone and just two points ahead of Aston Villa in 19th.

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Their Premier League future is far from certain, then, after a difficult campaign of battling relegation that has only been given hope after the arrival of Nigel Pearson as manager in December.

Crucially their remaining nine games see them come up against the likes of Norwich and West Ham, Watford’s fellow relegation candidates, and Pussetto says they are treating these games, and the seven others, like finals.

“We discussed it among ourselves,” he told TyC Sports.

“There are nine finals; it is a mini-tournament that we are going to play because we have many games ahead of us in a short time.

“We are going to need the entire team to be able to perform in the best way.

“We are working very well, hopefully, we can get off on the right foot and achieve the goal of staying in the Premier League.”