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Watford supporting players over racism, says manager Javi Gracia

Watford supporting players over racism, says manager Javi Gracia”

"It was a good conversation about football because Javi Gracia is also a football man".

Watford captain Troy Deeney revealed he has disabled comments on his Instagram account, while teammates Adrian Mariappa and Christian Kabasele said they had received racial abuse after Watford's 3-2 extra-time win over Wolves in the FA Cup semi-final. "We know the assistant coaches and Javi Gracia and we appreciate them".

Gracia gave his players three days off following their semi-final exertions but he has no intention of rotating his squad for Premier League duty with seventh spot still up for grabs. He said: "I think we can control the match better".

"I try to be polite and respectful, but that's all we can do".

The Spaniard was urged on by friend and fellow manager Javi Gracia to join the Premier League bandwagon.

As well as reaching the FA Cup final, victory over Arsenal would move the Hornets onto 49 points.

"I've had a lot of coaches, and I think those who are the most similar are (Carlo) Ancelotti and him". Tuchel is very close to his players, he likes to joke with us, he's always laughing, and I think it's important for the team. We don't have only one final - we have seven finals. My feeling is that the players are really focused on the next game.

"Our final is against Arsenal - not in May".

"We played together at Real Sociedad many years ago and from that moment we have had a good relationship", he added.

"We have to take advantage of that chance, we are going to play four games at home and two away".

Gracia also paid tribute to Arsenal boss Unai Emery, his former team-mate in Spain.



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