Success, Moses Missing In Action As Champion Chelsea Beat 10-Man Watford In Seven-Goal Thriller
Super Eagles duo of Isaac Success and Victor Moses were missing in their clubs line-up as Premier League champion Chelsea defeated Watford 4-3 at the Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
Chelsea returned home for the first time since clinching the Premier League title and came out on top thanks to a late Cesc Fabregas winner.
The Blues had led 2-1 at the break thanks to goals from John Terry and Cesar Azpilicueta, and we appeared on course for another victory when Michy Batshuayi added a third early in the second half.
The visitors fought back, however, and goals from Daryl Janmaat and substitute Stefano Okaka looked as though they had earned Watford a point. With three minutes remaining, though, Fabregas arrived to meet Willian’s pass and fire his strike into the bottom corner.
With little time to recover since Friday’s game at the Hawthorns it was no surprise Antonio Conte made a number of changes to the starting line-up. Terry captained the side and there were also starts for Kurt Zouma, Nathan Ake, Nathaniel Chalobah and the goalscorer at West Brom, Michy Batshuayi, who was given a wonderful reception by the home supporters.
Asmir Begovic was given the nod in goal while Kenedy was involved in the Premier League for the first time this season. N’Golo Kante, meanwhile, made his return from injury having not featured in our last two matches.
The fixture was our annual Game for Equality, which celebrates the club’s diversity and inclusion work, and the players carried out their pre-match warm-up wearing t-shirts to mark the occasion.The second half was only three minutes old when the Blues did score a third.
Tom Cleverly sent a cross into the Chelsea box and while Zouma got a head to it, the loose ball fell invitingly for Okaka who smashed his effort beyond Begovic to make it 3-3. Fabregas forced Gomes into a smart stop after latching on to a Willian pass and with three minutes left on the clock.
There was still time for further drama as Watford defender Sebastian Prodl was shown a second yellow card, ensuring the visitors finished the game with 10 men.The win takes Chelsea to 90 points and 10 points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspurs who have played a game less than the champions.
Meanwhile, Chelsea will now face relegated Sunderland in their final league game of the season ahead of the crucial Emirates FA Cup final clash with Arsenal later this month.