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Gus Poyet says former Chelsea team-mate Gianfranco Zola is starting from zero at Watford and needs time
Watford head coach Gianfranco Zola has suggested he could make a few changes for tonight's game with Brighton and Hove Albion, when he will come up against an old friend.
Zola said "you may expect some changes" when he spoke about the Brighton game, which comes three days after his side's 2-1 defeat to Bolton Wanderers.
Brighton will offer a very different threat to that of Bolton as they are a side who try to play a possession-based style of football.
Albion are managed by Zola's former Chelsea team-mate Gus Poyet and Watford's head coach believes the Uruguayan has done a "remarkable" job since he joined the club three years ago.
"Brighton are a team who play good football and it will be a completely different type of game to Bolton, but we are very prepared," Zola said.
"I do admire Brighton. I think Gus has done an excellent job over there and he has them not only playing football but winning. He has done quite remarkable."
"It will be a big pleasure to share the dugout with Gus and it will be really good to see him again," he added.
Brighton are third in the table after winning their last three games, and scoring 11 goals in the process.
Poyet has spoken fondly about Zola but he did blame the Italian for some occasional pain.
Poyet said: "It's going to be nice because I like Gianfranco a lot. My room-mate was Dan Petrescu and then our group was Gianfranco, Robbie (Di Matteo) and a few more, so we were very close.
"Gianfranco was the one that pushed me a lot to play golf, so he is responsible for me suffering on the golf course every now and then."
Poyet believes Zola has a tough job on his hands but says he hopes his friend can make Watford successful.
The Brighton boss said: "It is a job where, without any doubt, you need a bit of time because it's a big change. It's a totally different environment, so it's starting from zero really.
"It will need time like any other job, like mine here. That will depend on how he is doing and the players he has but he is definitely changing the mentality and the approach to games.
"Apart from one game, they have been there or thereabouts. That means they are competitive so for us it's going to be a difficult game for different reasons to the ones we've normally had at Watford.
"Before it was very, very physical. Now it's between two teams who want the ball, so let's see who imposes their game the best.
"His ideas are clear. I spent a little bit of time with him during the international weekend and we talked a little bit about football in general, not Brighton and Watford.
"He knows what he wants and it's nice when you see someone really convinced about what is the best way to play football. I hope he can do it - from Wednesday morning."
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