Watford not thinking about Europe, says Flores

Watford Vicarage Road

Watford's Quique Sanchez Flores insists his side are not thinking about the possibility of European football, despite reaching the FA Cup semi-finals.

Watford boss Quique Flores insists his side are still not taking their Premier League status for granted, despite the possibility of European football at Vicarage Road next season.

Sunday's impressive 2-1 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates earned the Spaniard's side a place in the FA Cup semi-final and a trip to Wembley to face Crystal Palace.

An impressive cup run has sparked plenty of excitement around the club, with fans dreaming of a first FA Cup final since 1984 and, should they win the famous trophy, a place in Europe.

But while the fans are beginning to dream, Flores insists his side are focused finishing their first Premier League season since 2006/7 as strongly as possible, starting with Stoke City on Saturday.

"Our target is very clear," he told HornetsPlayer. "To add points and to try to assume the most maximum mark that we can."

"At the moment we are happy with our position. But to look at Europe now is just one possibility but this is not the kind of mentality I need to try to send to the players.

"The mentality for the players is that the most important match is the next one.

"We go to play, we go got to fight, we go to just make something different, and we try to provocate energy within the stadium."

A win would bring up the 40-point mark for Watford, a total widely seen as being enough for Premier League survival, and edge them to within three points of Mark Hughes's men.

But while determined to get a positive result, Flores admits he is full of admiration for the way the Potters have established themselves in the Premier League, hinting it could give his side an example to follow.

He added: "I think Stoke City's model is like Southampton or Swansea. These kind of teams have been established in the premier League for the last few years. Then they try to work in one style, working towards the same idea, improving players.

"These kind of teams have grown a lot in the last few years. So we respect these teams a lot."

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