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PostSubject: Pre-Season 32 Press Conference   Pre-Season 32 Press Conference Icon_minitimeTue 22 Jun - 18:16

Q1. What is a 'good season' for your clubs?

Watford - Champions League and League will be the focus this season!
Genk - Having won the Treble last season, the manager is keen to add to the trophy haul! So another treble is the aim!
Botafogo - Well Botafogo went from treble winning side to a domestic cup winning side, so the focus will be back on the league and a good Copa run to reinforce the work being done at the Brazil club. 
Leverkusen - Not get relegated? Having achieve promotion, the last thing the manager wants to do is become the leagues whipping boys, so probably a few draws and hard fought points to retain top league status this year. 


Q2. What is your 'acid test' Fixture?
Watford - Charlton, City, Plymouth, Chelsea? An extremely competitive  league.
Genk - Anderlecht, Mechelen, any european match.
Botafogo - Flum, Santos, Sao Paulo...
Leverkusen-  Schalke, Bayern, Dortmund

Q3. Most important player for the coming season?
Watford - KDB, Grealish/Barnes. KDB has the ability and is versatile, allowing for flexibility in tactics, however Grealish and Barnes are the new wide players giving the side so expecting big things. 
Genk - Mahrez, comes in to replace Neymar and will have to deliver from wide. While Eriksen is shifted back to middle of the park where he finished last season in fine form.
Botafogo - Neymar, 32 goals from Mahrez is an impressive haul, can the brazilian live up to his profile?
Leverkusen - Either Lewandowski or Busquests. 

Q4. Do you anticipate any tactical changes?
Watford - Will try to adapt to get the best out of the players at my disposal. 


Genk/Botafogo/Leverkusen - Will continue to operate with CAT


Q5. Which of your summer signings do you need to settle the quickest?
Watford - JWP/Shaw, need the flexability to be able to rotate in cup games. 
Genk - Mahrez, Camavinga after his Loan spell. 
Botafogo - Neymar, Dodo, Bravo. 

Leverkusen - Gosens/Otto - Both fullbacks like to get forward and support the attacks so expect to be involved in the attacking side of the game.


Q6. Which piece of summer business are you happiest with?
Wasn't quite "Summer" But Jack Grealish. 


Q7. Which player do you feel you most missed out on, that another manager signed during the season break?
Kalvin Philips/Eze

Q8. Which of your players will be in your starting 11 for week 1, but you hope he doesn't feature in week 22.
Watford - Cancelo at LB, Shaw once bedded in should be first choice LB.
Genk - Moussa Dembele, at Hlozek progression rate will no doubt overtake the Frenchman.
Botafogo - Leonardo, 35 years of age. Currently doing the job but will be looking towards the future that's for sure. 
Leverkusen - Mkhitaryan/Mustafi



Q9. Given a magic wand, which of your rivals (in your division) players would you like to see in your clubs colours? 
Watford - Mason Mount
Genk - Yari Verchaeren
Botafogo - Gabriel Menino
Leverkusen - Varane 


Q10. Which position in your chosen formation do you see as currently the weakest link?
Watford - CB - Soyuncu
Genk - CB - Badishille 
Botafogo- CB - Leonardo

Lille - CB - Mustafi....


Bit of a theme here ha.

Q11. Which do you see as the strongest?
Watford - TM/PM - KDB
Genk - LH/RH - Mahrez / Griezmann
Botafogo - DY - Fernadinho 

Leverkusen -  CF - Lewandowski

Q12. Who will finish as leading scorer in your division?
Watford - Aubameyang/KDB/Rashford/Odegaard
Genk - Eriksen
Botafogo -  Neymar, Richarlison, Chera
Leverkusen - Kane/Havertz 


Q13. Are you planning on entering European competition?
Watford  - Champions League
Genk - Europa  
Botafogo - Copa Liba
Leverkusen - Euopean Cup


Q14. Which youngster in your academy do you have highest hopes for?
Watford - Jamal Musiala
Genk - Eduardo Camavinga/Gravenberch
Botafogo - Couto/Veron

Leverkusen - Knauff/ Netz


Q15. If you were a bookie, what odds would you give your own team and your rivals in your division, to win the league?
Watford - 1/2
Genk - 1/2 
Botafogo - 2/1

Leverlusen - 50/1 

Q16. Surprise package of the season? Manager or team, feeder or parent.
Hannover, think they will do extremely well this season. PIAT group, if Ben can resist tinkering every week he has done some great recruitment.


Q17. Who do you think will not live up to expectations?
Watford. Think to much tinkering has been done and will be a while before partnerships etc are built up to a competitive level. 


Q18. Champions League winner, three most likely?
Schalke/Charlton/Man City

Q19. Europa League winner, three most likely?
Nantes/Genk/Atletico

Q20. Domestic Cup winner, three most likely?
Chalton/Watford/City
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