Chelsea showed the stuff that champions are made of when they came from a goal deficit to score three second-half goals against Watford’s in a highly entertaining Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge.The three second-half goals saw Chelsea winning the game by four-goals to two, and getting the three points at stake in the encounter.
This was a very exciting match in which both teams gave a good account of themselves. In spite of their loss, Watford were by far the better side for a long spell in the game but they eventually lost the game due poor marksmanship of their front men in front of their opponent’s goalpost.
The first half of the match was an action-packed encounter that proceeded at a frenetic pace and ended with both sides scoring a goal apiece.
Watford dominated the game with their good possession football that effectively denied their more star-studded opponent ample time to use the ball.
Chelsea were very dangerous on the counter attack, with their talismanic mid-fielder Eden Hazard working his magic in the visitor’s final third.
Chelsea shot into the lead in the eleventh minute of the game through Pedro Rodriguez; the Spanish winger brilliantly curled the ball from an Eden Hazard’s pass into the net while Huerelho Gomez stood statuesque as he watched the ball entering his own goalpost after ricocheting off the goalpost.
Television replay of the build-up to Chelsea’s first goal showed that Watford were patently undone by the referee and his assistant who failed to notice that the corner kick that led to the goal was wrongly awarded – the ball actually rolled off Hazard’s heels as it went out of play.
Cesc Fabregas had a chance to double his side’s lead four minutes after they scored the opening goal.A brilliant combination play between Hazard and Alvaro Morata ended with the ball being fed to Fabregas inside the opponent’s eighteen yard box, but his attempt to flick the ball over Heurelho Gomez’s head failed to beat the goalkeeper who was able to catch the ball after two attempts.
Watford’s winger Richarlison was a source of trouble to Chelsea’s defenders as he drew fouls from Antonio Rudiger and Daviz Luiz with his dribbling runs.The Brazilian, in spite of his remarkable skill-set, has a penchant for tumbling to the pitch under the slightest challenge.
The second half was equally explosive and more dramatic than the first half. Watford were in ascendancy in the first thirty minutes of the game, and they scored a beautiful goal through Roberto Pereyra. Watford had opportunities to score more goals, but for the profligacy of Richalison who missed two glaring chances in the early exchanges when his side was on top of their game.
Antonio Conte seeing defeat staring in his face was forced to replace Alvaro Morata, who had had an underwhelming performance, with Michy Batsuayi; While Willian came in for Marco Alonso.
Chelsea’s two second half substitutes – Willian and Batsuayi – were instrumental to Chelsea coming back to win the match.Their introduction saw Chelsea becoming move incisive in the opponent’s final third. Batsuayi’s excellent movements was directly responsible for the brace he scored in the game.
Batshuayi was able to power the ball from a Pedro’s cross into the net for Chelsea’s equalizer in the seventy first minute of the game.
Caesar Azpilicueta shot his side into the lead with a power header from a Willian’s cross from the right-hand side of the opponent’s final third.
Batshuayi was on hand again to score his second goal of the match in the additional minute of the second half. He latched onto a Timoue Bakayoko’s header inside the opponent’s eighteen yard, shook off his marker before hitting ball past and on-rushing Huerelho Gomez.