Chelsea 3-0 Watford: Olivier Giroud, Willian and Ross Barkley on target as the Blues return to victory | Football News



FREE TO WATCH: Highlights of Chelsea’s victory over Watford in the Premier League.

FREE TO WATCH: Highlights of Chelsea’s victory over Watford in the Premier League.

Chelsea managed their midweek loss to return to victory with a 3-0 victory over Watford at Stamford Bridge.

Frank Lampard had asked for a response from his players after his team’s 3-2 defeat to West Ham, and after Manchester United temporarily placed above them in the top four with an overall victory over Bournemouth on Saturday, Chelsea had to win.

Olivier Giroud was one of the four side changes by Lampard, and he marked his return to the side with the opener, finding the bottom corner with a shot from the left foot (28) to break the deadlock. The Blues doubled their lead two minutes before the break while Willian converted on the spot following a fault by Etienne Capoue on Christian Pulisic.

At times, Chelsea controlled the second period as a practice game, but Ross Barkley added some brilliance to the scoring when meeting center Cesar Azpilicueta to smack home a smart finish at the near post (90 + 2).

The result means Chelsea overtake United two points in fourth while Watford remains precarious, one place and one lone point above the relegation zone ahead of Aston Villa, 18th, who visits Liverpool Sunday, live on Sky Sports.

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga (7), James (7), Christensen (7), Zouma (7), Azpilicueta (7), Barkley (8), Kante (7), Mount (8), Willian (7), Giroud (7), Pulisique (8).

Submarines: Abraham (n / a), Loftus-Cheek (n / a), Hudson-Odoi (n / a), Gilmour (n / a).

Watford: Foster (6), Mariappa (5), Kabasele (6), Dawson (6), Femenia (6), Chalobah (7), Capoue (5), Sarr (5), Doucoure (6), Hughes (6), Deeney (5).

Submarines: Cleverley (6), Welbeck (6), Masina (5), Pereyra (n / a).

Man of the Match: Mount Mason.

How Chelsea got back on track

Olivier Giroud shows his joy after breaking the deadlock on Saturday

Olivier Giroud shows his joy after breaking the deadlock on Saturday

The Blues almost seized the first golden chance of the match after 19 minutes, Watford being regimented but fighting for creativity, Giroud was found by Pulisic in the area but his low shot was saved by the feet of Ben Foster.

But the Frenchman gave the hosts a 1-0 lead with their fourth Premier League goal of the season in the 28th minute, fishing at home after a smart Barkley ball.

Frank Lampard made four changes while Kurt Zouma, Reece James and Olivier Giroud replaced Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso and Tammy Abraham, while Mason Mount started with Mateo Kovacic injured.

Christian Kabasele, Adrian Mariappa and Nathaniel Chalobah all started for Watford, while Andre Gray returned to the bench.

Watford have not won at Chelsea in any competition since May 1986, and they faced the barrel of another defeat two minutes before half-time when Pulisic was pulled into the box by Capua.

Willian was allowed to bury another kick, just as he did in Wednesday’s defeat, which means the Brazilian has now scored more goals (9) and had more goal implications (14-9 goals, 5 assists) in the Premier League this season all other contests.

N'Golo Kante is challenged by Troy Deeney at Stamford Bridge

N’Golo Kante is challenged by Troy Deeney at Stamford Bridge

“Capua decided to make a really bad, really reckless decision, and it cost his team,” said Jamie Redknapp. Sky Sports at the interval.

Despite the Hornets’ urgent need, Chelsea emerged on the much more proactive side after the restart, with Lampard determined to avoid a repeat of disappointment at London stadium midweek.

His side almost went further ahead while Giroud was found in space on the hour by the living Willian but this time his low shot was stifled closely by the overworked Foster.

“It’s an attack on defense, that. It’s so simple for Chelsea, “said Alan Smith on the co-comment – and Foster had to be on his guard as he attempted to cross the goal to prevent another shot from Willian’s dismissal from Barkley.

Willian folds ninth Premier League goal of the season

Willian folds ninth Premier League goal of the season

Pearson’s team had offered a non-existent threat, but Kepa Arrizabalaga had to watch out for a distance speculative shot from substitute Adam Masina before Craig Dawson headed for Will Hughes’ free kick with 15 minutes to play.

The Hornets came to life as the return of Nathaniel Chalobah stole the ball from Billy Gilmour to free Danny Welbeck, but the attacker’s shot was tamed and easily saved by Kepa to preserve a clean sheet of Chelsea.

Welbeck has certainly added to Watford’s attack since his introduction, and he nearly provided his team with late comfort and a potential nervous end for the hosts as Ruben Loftus-Cheek produced a final tackle to prevent Hughes from knocking on home cut-back. .

But Chelsea had the last word as Barkley scored his first Premier League goal in 20 months in the second minute of the stoppage, blasting the center of Azpilicueta to the near post.

Man of the Match – Mason Mount

Lampard has so often trusted Mount and rightly so. His 88.9% passing accuracy allowed Chelsea to stay in control and he was not deprived of a goal his performance deserved with two blocked shots.

Alan Smith a dit Sky Sports: “There were some remarkable artists, but Mount became an integral part of this XI of Chelsea.

“Lampard thinks a lot about him and he has shown his qualities once again this evening. ”

Mount it Sky Sports: “I’m quite surprised to have been the man of the match, to be honest! I was just trying to keep the ball and move it. Ross had a goal and an assist.

“But it was a brilliant performance. We said before the game that we had to have a reaction and show what we can do. It was an essential game and we did it.

“We lost to West Ham, but that’s how our season went. We rebounded after many losses and we showed again tonight that we can win when the pressure is high. We just have to go on and get as many points as we can. ”

Pulisic: the loss of West Ham gave us more energy

Pulisic said Sky Sports: “I feel confident in my game at the moment and I am happy to be on the field to help my team. I’m just going to continue and keep my confidence.

Asked about the comparisons made between him and Eden Hazard, Pulisic added: “He was an incredible player for Chelsea and is a world class player, so I will not try to compare myself to him. I’m just going to try to be my own player and I hope the fans love this guy.

“There is a little extra energy because of the loss of West Ham. We wanted to prove a point, and I think we did. “

How Chelsea got its groove back in numbers

  • Chelsea have won four successive Premier League games at Stamford Bridge for the first time since winning seven in a row at home under Antonio Conte between October and December 2017.
  • Chelsea have scored more than 2 goals in nine of their last 10 Premier League games, but failed to do so in a 0-2 loss to Man Utd at Stamford Bridge in February.
  • Watford lost four consecutive Premier League away games for the first time in the last six road games in the 2017-18 season under Javi Gracia.
  • Watford has not won at any competition in Chelsea since May 1986 (5-1), drawing four and losing nine at Stamford Bridge since then.

And after?

Watford vs Norwich

July 7, 2020, 5.30 p.m.

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