The Hornets have not beaten defending Premier League champions Man City since 1989 and lost every meeting between the teams since 2007, but Ranieri remains optimistic.
“I knew I was going to face a great team. We know, but we have to play and try to do the best we can,” said the Watford manager.
“Of course I want to keep a clean sheet, not just one game, but I believe we can keep a clean sheet if we keep playing this way.”
Heading into November, the Hornets face a series of tough games including Leicester, Everton Manchester United and Chelsea but managed to win 5-2 against Everton and beat United 4-1 at home in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s last game in charge.
Watford also pushed current league leaders Chelsea midweek, with Thomas Tuchel admitted that his team did not deserve all 3 points from the encounter.
“I’m very confident with my players but of course you know I’m a pragmatic manager and I want to draw some points,” said Raniaeri.
“Because if you play well once, twice, thrice without taking a single point then it’s not going to be good.
“Now is the right time to take points, we need points, we are in a relegation battle and then we have to react, every game we have to react, every moment we have to react. response, every time.”
Manchester City have lost just two matches this season, winning 10 of their first 14 matches, while Watford are currently in 17th place, just three points above the relegation zone.
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