Nagjee: Watford takes on Rapid

Club Atletico Paranaense (Brazil) and Watford FC (England) in action in the Nagjee International Club Football 2016   -  PTI

In a crucial Group A game in the Nagjee Football Cup, on Tuesday, England’s Watford takes on Rapid Bucharest of Romania. Having lost its opening match to Brazil’s Atletico Paranaense on the first day of the tournament, it is a match the English club could not afford to lose.

“We are confident of bouncing back, though we are up against a strong experienced side,” said Watford’s goalkeeping coach Alec Chamberlain. “We had created some opportunities against Paranaense, but could not convert them.”

He said he had watched the rival team’s close and physical game against Volyn Lutsk of Ukraine on Sunday; it had resulted in six yellow cards. “I don’t think the four cards collected by Rapid are going to affect them,” he said. “I wasn’t surprised to see the match getting physical last night; it often happens in English league.”

His counterpart Dan Alexa said that though he wanted his team to win against Volyn after taking the lead, the draw was a fair result. “I was not surprised to see them fight back, as they have a lot of experienced players” he said. “We are expecting a tough match against Watford, too; they had played well against Paranaense.”

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