Chelsea vs Watford result: Eden Hazard dazzles as Maurizio Sarri’s side go third in huge step towards Champions League football

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It took Maurizio Sarri’s aspect 45 minutes to get going, however after overcoming half-time jeers, Chelsea lastly hit their stride to maneuver forward of Tottenham Hotspur and into third place.

Having left the sector at half-time to the sound of boos, Sarri’s aspect returned with two targets in three minutes in the beginning of the second half – each headers, the primary from Ruben Loftus-Cheek adopted by David Luiz’s effort – and wrapped up the win by way of Gonzalo Higuain’s late strike.

It wasn’t at all times convincing, however Sarri’s aspect – aiming to keep away from a fourth Premier League with out a win – finally received the job carried out, profiting from Spurs’ slip at Bournemouth 24 hours earlier and delivering a timely boost ahead of Thursday’s Europa League semi-final second leg with Eintracht Frankfurt. There was even time for Gary Cahill to make a late substitute look and say his farewell to Blues supporters forward of his departure this summer season.

Watford, spectacular for lengthy durations, will surprise how they failed to attain whereas reflecting on the alarming focus that in a spell that successfully price them the sport. 

Sarri had made 4 adjustments to the aspect that drew 1-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt three days earlier with Eden Hazard returning to the line-up. The presence of the Belgian, although was not sufficient to spark life right into a pedestrian show by the house aspect who may have been trailing by the interval.

Simply eight minutes had elapsed when Watford first demonstrated their risk. Jose Holabas delivered a cross from the left in the direction of Troy Deeney and it took an impressive, on-handed save from Kepa to disclaim the ahead’s highly effective header.

Shortly afterwards, Gerard Deulofeu ought to have carried out a lot better than slice his left-foot shot broad after Chelsea have been undone by a protracted punt ahead from Watford keeper Ben Foster. And Abdoulaye Doucoure was equally wasteful after getting the improper aspect of Marcos Alonso, the Chelsea left-back.

With half an hour gone, Watford have been the dominant aspect, faster to the ball within the midfield space and alert to the hazard when Chelsea did handle to advance into the guests’ penalty space, notably when Adrian Mariappa reacted properly to dam Gonzalo Higuain’s shot on the flip.

An early damage to N’Golo Kante had led to the introduction of Loftus-Cheek within the 10th minute. The midfielder initially struggled to have the identical influence he had had in Germany midweek however he was concerned within the transfer that nearly led to Chelsea’s taking the lead three minutes earlier than the break.

Chelsea rejoice Higuain’s objective (REUTERS)

Loftus-Cheek performed the ball into the toes of Pedro who exchanged a pointy one-two with Higuain on the sting of the Watford space earlier than flashing a shot narrowly broad of Foster’s objective.

That, although, was not sufficient to fulfill the house crowd who voiced their displeasure because the groups left the sector.

Watford had impressed throughout the first half, displaying no indicators of being distracted by their assembly with Manchester Metropolis within the FA Cup ultimate. They undid all their earlier good work, nevertheless, throughout a disastrous three minute spell in the beginning of the second half once they have been undone by a Chelsea twice in three minutes.

The primary, within the 48th minute, was performed quick to Eden Hazard who delivered a cross in the direction of Loftus-Cheek who despatched a downward header previous Foster from eight yards out.

Loftus-Cheek drives on (AFP/Getty Pictures)

Watford didn’t heed the warning and have been undone in related trend moments later. This time the ball was delivered in straight from the set-piece and Luiz muscled his well past Mariappa  earlier than powering a header into the guests’ internet.

Gerard Deulofeu rapidly tried to deliver Watford again into the sport when he positioned a shot narrowly previous Kepa’s far submit however the way in which through which Chelsea had established their two-goal meant there was little probability of a fightback. And any lingering hopes Javi Gracia’s aspect might have had disappeared when Higuain added the third, ending with a first-time shot after his fantastically timed run had been picked out by Pdero’s threaded cross.

It solely added to Watford’s frustration that Isaac Success’s late header was dominated out for offside after placing the again of team-mate Andre Grey on it’s method in.

Deulofeu appears on dejected as Chelsea rejoice (Getty Pictures)

Chelsea (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen Luiz, Alonso; Kante (Loftus-Cheek 10), Jorginho, Kovacic; Pedro, Higuain (Giroud 78), Hazard.

Subs: Caballero, Barkley, Zappacosta, Willian, Cahill.

Watford (4-4-2): Foster; Femenia, Cathcart, Mariappa, Holebas, Hughes, Doucoure, Chalobah (Cleverley 66), Pereyra; Deulofeu (Success 82), Deeney (Grey 82).

Subs: Gomes, Janmaat, Masina, Kabasele.

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