Moussa Sissoko is hoping that Watford can end their season on a high this afternoon when they wrap up their campaign away at Chelsea.

The Hornets will be playing in the Championship next season after a brutal return to the Premier League saw them win just two games at home and only six overall, ahead of their trip to Stamford Bridge.

While Watford will be huge underdogs, the captain said he wants his teammates to show that they are capable of competing against the biggest clubs in the country.

“Of course, we’re going down, and we can’t change that, but on Sunday we have a big opportunity to show we have the potential to compete against one of the best teams in Europe,” Sissoko told the club website.

“I hope we can go out and enjoy it – as a player, going up against the best in the world is what you want to do. It’s a Premier League game and many people would love to be in our situation, so we just need to go and give our best, and hopefully we can give our fans something to smile about.

“We were very disappointed in the way we lost against Leicester. We knew it was our last game in front of our fans at home so we wanted to get a result for them, but we failed in our objective.

“We only have ourselves to blame, so we have to try and learn from our mistakes. Hopefully a good performance at Chelsea will stand us in good stead going forward.”

Whether or not Sissoko will still be at the club come next season remains to be seen, but a return to France is understood to have been discussed.

Regardless, the midfielder said he hopes the Hornets can come straight back up at the first time of asking, as they were able to do last time.

“I’ve played all of the games, which is what I wanted to do and part of the reason I came here. But personally I wouldn’t say I was happy with the season because I’m someone who thinks about the team, and ultimately we are going down," he continued.

“There are plenty of games in which I think we should have got better results, but for a mixture of reasons we are where we are. Sometimes this happens in football, and the important thing now is how the team bounces back.

“I’ve never played in the Championship, but I’ve watched it on TV and other players have told me about it. I hope Watford will be able to come back to the Premier League straight away, but it won’t be easy. We’ll have to fight, do our best to compete, and play well as a team.”