Chelsea traveled to Vicarage Road to take on a Watford side as they looked to continue their Premiership four-match winning run. The Blues were in breathtaking form in past few weeks, taking 12 points out of 12 since losing more than a couple of weeks ago to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.
In sharp contrast, Watford is the only winless team remaining this season in the Epl and the Hornets would have to wait for at least another week to do this as they fell victim to a 1-2 defeat in the hands the of Frank Lampard led Chelsea.
As Chelsea came back to winning ways after being defeated by Manchester United from the Carabao Cup, let us just look at three justifications why the home side was inflicted with defeat on the night.
# 1 Watford’s inefficiency in front for goal was evident
Although a late penalty was scored by Gerard Deulofeu, the mismanagement of chances in front of the goal was apparent as they did not discomfort Kepa Arrizabalaga between the sticks.
The Hornets have also not scored a goal from open play for four matches and this has seen them steeped to the bottom of the Premiership rankings in their barren run.
# 2 The midfield masterclass was produced by Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho
In recent days, Frank Lampard found his ideal XI in the abscence of N’Golo Kante on injury. His attempt to employ Jorginho’s double-pivot and Mateo Kovacic paid off handsomely for the Blues.
During their first season in the Premier League under Maurizio Sarri, even though they failed to take advantage of their prospects, they continued to divide opinion and developed a habit of blowing hot and cold. Under Lampard, however, the pair became pillars and once again produced a formidable quality in the middle of the field.
Jorginho opened the Watford defense with a killer pass that Tammy Abraham latched on and beautifully completed.
The pressure resistance of Kovacic and his ability to work in tight spaces was again on show as he beautifully complemented Jorginho for the away side.
# 3 The defensive structure of Watford was again surprising
Watford is the only winless team left in the Premier League and the underlying cause is shown once again for all their troubles, as Chelsea cut their defensive line on countless occasions.
The Watford rearguard failed to predict Jorginho’s through ball for the game’s opening goal and in the subsequent half, they were defensively compromised again, when Christian Pulisic tapped the ball into the net with the goal exposed.
The arrival of Quique Sanchez Flores was supposed to patch up things for the Hornets at the back, but they kept leaking goals at an unprecedented rate, a problem that needs to be stopped if they are to dodge the relegation zone.