By Ayo Kahinde
Mitchy Batshuaye’s second goal sealed victory for Chelsea
Chelsea vs Watford: But for Cesar Azpilicueta’s ate minute goal, the defending champions would have been humiliated in this thrilling encounter with Watford whose players boosted after last weekend’s 3-3 draw with Chelsea that they were going to take on the defending champions at Stamford Bridge. And they did, superbly. But the last moments were too trying for them; Chelsea, understanding the game on the last stretch, pushed the goal hungry Watford players to their half and reduced the embarrassing tally to 2-2, courtesy of a Michy Batshuayi header 20 minutes to go. And then the Batshuayi’s grand finale!: A misplaced defensive header is pounced on by Batshuayi, who used his considerable bulk to hold off Miguel Britos and slotted in his second. For the second time in this EPL season, the defending Champion came from the cold to snatch victory from the teeth of defeat. No denying it, their tenacity, champion style, paid off.
Pedro scores the11 minute opener for Chelsea
With a 48 per cent to the hosts 52 per cent ball possession, Watford were upfront and marking the defending champions man for man and ball for ball. Switching on their magic of pilling the pressure at the dying minutes of any half, they secured an equaliser at the extra- minutes of the first half through Abdoulaye Doucoure with a well taken free-kick that he utilised, cancelling out an impressive 11 minutes goal for Chelsea’s ex-Bracelona star, Pedro.
Doucoure scores the equaliser for Watford to put the Champions on their toes
Then few minutes into the second half, Roberto Pereyera who took advantage of the confusion in Chelsea’s shambolic defence, drilled in low past Thibaut Courtois, making it two for the visitors in the 49th minute. The pin -drop silence at the Stamford Bridge stand could be felt as though the fans were saying, unbelievable! But then the champions roared and in the dying minutes made it 3-2. Watford should carry their heads up. Matches like this can go anywhere, somehow, and it did for Chelsea today.