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Valon Behrami vows Watford can be threat to Premier League elite


Valon Behrami has seen huge improvement at Watford

Valon Behrami has seen huge improvement at Watford

Valon Behrami has seen huge improvement at Watford

Watford may no longer be an unknown quantity in the Barclays Premier League but midfielder Valon Behrami believes they can continue to mix it with the best the division has to offer.

The Hornets welcome title challengers Manchester City to Vicarage Road on Saturday as they aim to make 2016 another memorable year.

Quique Sanchez Flores' side sit ninth in the table, just two points behind fifth-placed Crystal Palace. It would have been better had they not slipped to defeat by a late goal to Tottenham on Monday.

Behrami has had to settle for a place on the bench in recent weeks and the Switzerland international knows he has a fight to get back into a side who are catching the eye.

"It is more difficult because now the teams start to know us, they start to see that we have a great team," he told Hornets Player.

"But we are working hard to improve every day and to make sure we don't make any mistakes.

"We are in a good situation, the team is performing very well, and we are going to try and keep going like this."

Nathan Ake was sent off against Tottenham and will be suspended for the visit of City - who have not won away from home in the Premier League since September.

Behrami reckons Watford have now proven they can go toe to toe with the likes of Manuel Pellegrini's side.

"We know that at home we have the quality to get a good result, and if we keep working like this we can be more lucky than we were in our last game (against Spurs)," he added.

"We've just played against two great teams but you could see no difference.

"Chelsea was a really good game and we took a risk with the penalty, but luckily they didn't score, and against Tottenham we made a great effort with 10 against 11, but in the end it was unlucky what happened."

Flores has been praised for blending a squad which saw heavy investment over the summer.

With a host of new faces from across the globe, the Spaniard has made light of the challenge and believes there is more to come.

"I can feel that the players want more, they feel like what they have done so far is not enough," Flores said.

"This is an amazing characteristic for the players to have, and for sure we will try to improve in the second half of the season.

"They want to give the best in an individual way and a collective way, with the idea to reach our objectives."