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Five points on Watford - with Allan Nielsen

Posted on 1 December 2017  - 14:30

After four years at Spurs including that famous late winner in the League Cup Final in 1999, Allan Nielsen moved to Watford in 2000 and spent three years at Vicarage Road before moving back to Denmark. Now based in Dubai, Allan has been impressed by Watford under Marco Silva this season and intriuged by Saturday's Premier League match up between his former teams...

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Allan Nielsen

nielsen250x300- Early career at Bayern Munich, Sion, Odense, FC Copenhagen and Brondby
- Joined Spurs in 1996
- Made 115 appearances 1996-2000
- Scored last-minute winner and named MOTM, 1999 League Cup Final v Leicester
- Joined Watford in 2000, played over 100 games 2000-2003
- Ended career as player/coach at Herfolge Boldklub, 2003-05
- Capped 44 times by Denmark
- Played in Euro 96, Euro 2000 and 1998 World Cup

Point 1 - form

Allan: “It’s like any organisation or team, if you have complete trust through the players to the manager and to the board and the fans, you can achieve everything. On the pitch, I know if I do this, he does that, he’ll be there, he’ll cover that and so on. There is trust, togetherness and momentum as well, that’s a big thing, especially with fixtures coming so quickly. I believe that’s what Watford have created through hard work and leadership and that’s why they are doing so well.”

Below: Marco Silva

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Point 2 - Marco Silva

Allan: “He’s a leader and looks so switched on tactically and that’s key these days. Players want to hear ‘okay, we shift to a 3-5-2 or a 4-2-3-1 and you do this, you go there, you go back, you cover there…’ that is leadership these days. The manager picks the players to fit the team and the squad and then lets the players get on with it. That’s a leader. He trusts the players to do the jobs they need to do.”

Below: Christian Eriksen takes Denmark to the World Cup

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Point 3 - Spurs/Christian Eriksen

Allan: “It’s been great to see the younger players make their mark in the last couple of seasons and now they are star players, leaders. It’s also been great to see Spurs compete right at the top of the table. As for Christian, that hat-trick for Denmark against the Republic of Ireland (in the recent play-off to take Denmark to the 2018 World Cup), the confidence, the goals, it was a massive achievement. The whole country is behind him.”

Below: Allan scores for Watford against Birmingham City, 2000

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Point 4 - Allan’s time at Watford

Allan: “I had an amazing time, three years, three different managers - Graham Taylor, Ray Lewington and Gianluca Vialli. Every year they would try again. Elton John would be there in the dressing room! Every year was a learning year.”

Point 5 - Saturday

Allan: “I think it will a great game. Both teams will want to win so much. This is what high-level sport is about and you can’t afford to be one or two per cent off the pace in the Premier League. Those small margins could decide it at Vicarage Road.”