Chelsea vs Watford – infamously titled the “Battle of the Italian Coaches” – ended in Conte’s favour, as Chelsea beat Watford 2-1. Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi came through for the Blues and scored in the last 10 minutes and secured a victory. This also means that Conte is enjoying an unbeaten run of victories so far.
Watford did have a positive start, but they could not carry that momentum further as Hazard began an attacking spree with Costa, which appeared to rattle up the Watford defence.
Chelsea have managed to win so far, but how exactly did their individuals fare? Read on for player ratings!
Capoue’s goal seemed to have shaken off him off his A-game, as Courtois looked uncomfortable and awkward during the match, despite not facing that many challenges. Rating – 5/10
Whatever success Chelsea might have enjoyed down the left wing, is largely attributed to him. He went ahead well and had a good understanding with Hazard. Rating 7/10
The Chelsea veteran did well in the back and put together a strong defence to keep Watford at bay. Rating 7.5/10
Holebas proved to be a nightmare for Ivanovic, as he struggled to deal with his pace. He did have a few chances to push the attack, but he did not take them. Rating 5.5/10
Coupled with Ivanovic, even Cahill failed to perform on the right. However, he put up an impressive display during his air battle with Deeney. Rating 6/10
He was good in the centre of the pitch, but at times looked weaker than the Watford midfielders, who did a good job for most of the game. Rating 6.5/10
Holebas tormented Pedro as well, but he did manage a few good runs on the right. Rating 6/10
Passed well in advanced positions, but he was rather outperformed by his Watford counterpart and failed to make any significant impact. Rating 6.5/10
He was definitely Chelsea’s smoking gun – he posed a threat to Watford almost anytime he surged forward. He created a lot of chances in the second half, and finally, his long-range shot gifted Chelsea its first goal. Rating 9/10
He looked slightly uncomfortable in the No. 10 role. He was effective over on the right anytime he found empty space. Rating 7/10
He gave a good fight throughout the game and his efforts were rewarded late as he came onto the box and bested Gomes to deliver a crucial three points for Conte. Rating 9.5/10
He made the most impact once he came on for Matic – he played an important role in setting up the first goal, and also helped Costa in the second. Rating 8/10
Scored the opening goal for the Blues. Gomes made a clumsy error and Batshuayi wasted no time in converting that into a goal. Rating 8.5/10