Premier League: What a topsy-turvy game it turned out to be. The long break in the first half aside, that really was an end-to-end battle, with Watford putting up one hell of a fight and refusing to lie down as Chelsea showed their class eventually shone through.
Substitute Ziyech’s winner was, like the opener, a very well-worked goal, and Chelsea come away from this match with all three valuable points, that they really had to dig deep to secure, as Watford just kept coming at them.
For a ket note in the match, Watford had more shots taken than Chelsea, and Chelsea had only 1% more possession than Watford.
The first half was played very aggressively by both the team and as always Chelsea scored the first goal. Alonso, who started the move, raced forward to meet Rudiger’s ball forward. From the byline, he found Havertz, who teed up Mount at the back post to fire into the bottom corner and make it 1-0 to Chelsea.
The lead did not last long enough, Chelsea threw away their lead just before the halftime whistle. The Hornets buzzed forward on the break and had Chelsea’s defenders outnumbered.
Dennis sprint down the right with the ball, got the better of Rudiger before passing a low shot into the net, straight past Mendy and into the corner.
A few minutes into the second half, Chelsea were able to retain their lead. Their super-sub worked his magic to take 3 points home.
Rudiger’s chip wide was headed on by Alonso to find Mount. He cut the ball back from the byline and Ziyech arrived to strike the ball home.
Chelsea has beaten Watford in three consecutive league games at Vicarage Road for the first time.
Watford has lost five of their seven Premier League games under Claudio Ranieri (W2), conceding 16 goals in total – an average of 2.3 per game.
Chelsea has won five consecutive Premier League away games for the first time since November 2019, under Frank Lampard – a run that also included a 2-1 victory over Watford.