Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes gave an interview to Goal Brasil over the weekend. Speaking to the ‘Ora Bolas’ blog, the 35-year-old had a very nice chat talking about the Premier League season, Watford’s expectations and the current transfer market.
When asked about Walter Mazzarri’s first steps at the Hornets, Gomes said: “The expectations are always very good when there is a manager change, work is even more intense because you are not used to the new methods. We had a Spanish manager, now comes an Italian with a totally different mind…”
On the biggest differences, the goalkeeper has no doubts: “System. We were playing 4-4-2, but today our system is 3-5-2, with the possibility of a 4-3-3. He is a very experienced manager, a coach who demands a lot, likes the things all right. Rules are rules. What he says to follow must be followed. He’s a very disciplinarian coach.”
Gomes was asked if Watford will be his last professional club, but he made clear he’s not done yet: “While motivated, I’ll continue, do you understand? I’m 35 years old, that was the age that Van der Sar arrived to Manchester United.
“And I’m very motivated, I want to continue working, playing… I still have two more years of contract. By the way, I had the possibility to renew for another season at Watford, but I didn’t. I want to wait a little longer to see how I’ll be at the end of these two years. The important thing is to start a season always wanting to be the best of the competition, I’ve always been like that.”
The Brazilian was also questioned if Watford could follow Leicester’s footsteps: “Fight for the title? What happened to Leicester is not something that happens every year, but Watford will fight to achieve the best possible position. Today, we don’t think “is it possible?”, today we are a reality.
“The team did well last season and the board is very ambitious. The Premier League is very competitive, where even the smaller clubs have a great chance, so you see big signings for the clubs who are considered small. The transfer values are high, all because of television quotas, marketing, organisation.”