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Gracia admits reaching FA Cup final with Watford would be ‘best achievement’ of his career

Javi Gracia says reaching the FA Cup final with Watford would be the ‘best achievement’ of his managerial career.

Watford face Wolves in the semi-finals at Wembley on Sunday, looking to reach the final for the first time since 1984.

Former Malaga and Osasuna boss Gracia, who took over as Watford boss in 2018, says reaching May’s showpiece would be the pinnacle of his coaching career so far.

“I have never coached in a final,” the 48-year-old told his pre-match press conference.

“I have reached semi-finals in Russia (as Rubin Kazan boss) but a final I never played and it would be the best achievement in my career for sure.

“It is something special this season because we worked really hard in pre-season and in all competitions and now we have the opportunity to enjoy with the supporters at Wembley one special game.”

Roberto Pereyra and Isaac Success will have late fitness tests for Watford as they recover from their respective injuries, whilst midfielder Tom Cleverley will definitely miss out with a calf problem.