Quique Sanchez Flores has expressed his delight after returning to the Premier League as Watford manager.
The Spaniard has been appointed at Watford following the sacking of Javi Gracia and will begin a second spell in charge of the Hornets, having previously spent a season in the Vicarage Road dugout during the 2015/16 season.
The 54-year-old has admitted he has missed the Premier League since his departure from the club in 2016 and revealed his delight after seeing his side come from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw with Arsenal in his first fixture back in English football.
“Have I missed the Premier League? Yeah. I miss all these kind of emotions. I love it,” Sanchez told BBC Sport.
“I was really happy with the performance of the players. We have one point against a very tough team. It’s good for our confidence. We are positive.”
Watford remain bottom of the Premier League having failed to win in their opening five fixtures, though the Hornets boss admits he was pleased with his side’s spirited second half display.
Speaking to Sky Sports following the clash, he was full of praise for his side’s reaction and revealed his delight at securing a valuable point.
“Arsenal are a very good team so to get one point against them is really good,” Sanches said.
“We played well in the first 20- 25 minutes. I said to the players at half-time to try and win the second half and see if we can make a difference.
“I think the reaction of the players was the most important thing. It’s easy to be down when you are losing 2-0 to a team as good as Arsenal. But we never gave up and we tried to keep the energy. In the second half we played really well.”
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