Roberto Pereyra admits that the arrival of Javi Gracia at Watford this year has sparked his recent return to form. The appointment of the Hornets head coach in January has been crucial to getting the best out of the ex-Juventus star with Pereyra now consistently being deployed in his best position as an attacking left-sided midfielder.
And the 27-year-old marked his return to the Argentina squad after three years away by scoring seven minutes into his comeback against Iraq on Thursday.
“I am very happy to start the season like this,” he told Goal.
“I worked hard and prepared myself after the many injuries I have had over recent years. When I arrived here I had the misfortune of being injured. I lost almost a year-and-a-half of football. Last year, I hadn’t done the pre-season preparation and so I struggled a bit because I would play and then get hurt again.
“But this year I prepared great and then also Watford changed a few things inside the club. Things have been working well and we are all happy.
“Javi Gracia has been very important for me. He understood how I wanted to play and then he instilled his trust in me, which was also very important.”