Chelsea defender Nathan Ake says he still follows Watford’s results closely and is pleased to see them stay in the Premier League for a third consecutive year.
Ake spent the entire 2015/2016 campaign on loan at Vicarage Road, playing 24 times under Quique Sanchez Flores as the Hornets avoided relegation from the Premier League for the first time.
Although admitting it’s been a tough few weeks for Watford, Ake thinks the season has been an important building block for his former side and that they have played some good football in the process
“It was good to see familiar faces at the game today,” the 22-year-old said. “It’s good to play against Watford again and it was a good game. Not happy with the goals conceded but pleased to get the win.
“I think the last couple of weeks have been a bit more down [for Watford]. But hopefully I think this season has been really good for them, they’re safe again and sometimes they play really good football.
“Yes, they did [give us a good game]. They’re strong and they’ve got really good players. Watford are a really good team and I still follow them.”
Although Ake has started three of the Blues’ FA Cup games since his loan spell at Bournemouth was ended early in January, last night was his first Premier League start for Antonio Conte.
But Ake said he’s learning plenty in training and believes he is making good progess.
He added: “I’m really happy, the squad is great and the manager is great. I learn a lot from them in training and playing games like this, you’re always learning.”