The Champions pulled off a shaky start to overcome the improved Watford side at home during the weekend. Missing the likes of Victor Moses and N’golo Kante in the match day Squad the Blues struggled at some points in the game, but they eventually got the job done in the regulation time.
As usual, who else but Pedro Rodriguez gave the home side the lead inside 10 minutes but the Champions fell behind due to lack of defensive correlation just before the intermission. Eventually the Blues managed to turn things around but there is still more work to be done in the days ahead as we take a look at the critical points from Chelsea’s victory over Watford.
BELTER AT THE BRIDGE:
The scoreline says it all as there was stern test from Watford on the field of play. Both sides competed effectively in the match. But as Michy Batshuayi grabbed his brace the game was far from safe for the home side.
Chelsea took the lead in the 11th minute but was pegged by an equalizer just at the stroke of half time.
This saw the visitors enter into the second half with renewed confidence and this resulted to their second goal which was scored by Roberto Pereyra to make it 2-1 for the Hornets.
It took a timely intervention from Chelsea as Michy’s brace and Azpilicueta’s goal got the job done for Chelsea in order to save the day at Stamford Bridge at least for now.
CONTE’S TACTICAL SWITCH:
With Chelsea 1-2 down at home and with the gloom of defeat looking real, the Italian gaffer turned to the bench to save the game for his side. First, Antonio Conte brought on Willian for uninspiring Marcos Alonso while Batshuayi replaced the injured Alvaro Morata during the second half.
This paid off as the Belgian forward got the equalizer from a decent cross for the right wing with Willian Borges providing the second goal of Chelsea’s comeback. And then, defender Cesar Azpilicueta headed home to put the London side in front.
It took another technical change to get the winner when Davide Zappacosta came in to hasten proceedings at the end of the Watford area. The pressure paid off as Batshuayi stood his ground to notch a brace that clinched the win for Chelsea.
WATFORD DESERVES CREDIT:
The visitors pushed Chelsea to their limit as the Blues had to make some telling substitutions to rescue the game from the Watford side.
Marco Silva and his men made the hosts work tirelessly to get a win in the tie as they equalized just at the strike of half time. The visitors took the lead through Argentine midfield player Roberto Pereyra and this took the sight of victory away from Chelsea.
The host looked feeble as the visitors threatened on occasion to make it 3-1 but they had to blame their poor finishing for their own downfall, before the English Champions came back into the game with Batshuayi’s brace.
CHAMPIONS SHOW CHARACTER:
It was a tough game to behold if you are a Blues faithful as the hosts struggled to get going at some points in the game. But like they say, a Champion can play bad and win matches, as the case may be in this victory for Chelsea.
Batshuayi and Willian showed intent and ambitions when coming on into the game and it was no surprise when they delivered for the home side.
It was a collective effort as the Blues gradually crawled their way to victory in a match they looked destined to lose after going 2-1 down. Unlikely suspect Cesar Azpilicueta and faltering Michy Batshuayi responded to give Chelsea a 4-2 win against Watford, thus calming the pressure on the Chelsea team at the moment. If the players continue to do that, chances are high Chelsea will be able to defend their title at the end of the season.