Chelsea fight from behind to beat Watford 4-2
- FT: Chelsea 4-2 Watford
- Pedro stunner opens (12)
- Doucoure levels on HT (45+2)
- Pereyra puts Watford ahead (49)
- Batshuayi nets double (71, 90+5)
- Azpilicueta heads Blues third (87)
A thoroughly entertaining game at Stamford Bridge, and Chelsea have their first win in three games.
Pedro opened the scoring with a truly superb strike, before Doucoure levelled up for Watford on the stroke of half-time.
Pereyra then put the visitors ahead just four minutes after the restart, but Batshuayi got Chelsea back on level terms with 20 minutes to play.
He and Azpilicueta then scored late on to seal the victory for the hosts. The scoreline arguably flatters them a little bit, with Watford really going toe-to-toe with the Premier League champions this afternoon.
Antonio Conte greets the final whistle with the sort of manic grin that we saw so often last season. He’s relieved, his players are relieved, almost all of Stamford Bridge is relieved.
Chelsea avoid a third straight Premier League defeat, but that only tells half the story and masks some of the issues still facing the reigning champions. Namely, their defensive frailty.