EPL 2016/17, Chelsea 4-3 Watford: 5 Talking Points
Chelsea grind out another win in a seven-goal thriller.
Premier League champions Chelsea celebrated their title triumph by beating Watford 4-3 on Monday night. Departing skipper John Terry gave the hosts the lead before Etienne Capoue got the visitors back on level terms soon after. Cesar Azpilicueta and Michy Batshuayi then put Antonio Conte's side 3-1 up, but the Hornets were not one to surrender on the night as Daryl Janmaat and Stefano Okaka hit back to make it 3-3.
It was finally down to Cesc Fabregas to grab the winner, while Sebastian Prodl was sent off in stoppage time.
Watford held a guard of honour for Chelsea before kick-off yet were unable to prevent them emerging victorious at Stamford Bridge.
Eventful evening for Terry in penultimate Chelsea league game
Not much happened in the opening quarter of Monday's match, with both sets of players seeming to be more concerned with their summer travel plans than a rather meaningless end-of-season fixture. Terry, however, soon decided to liven things up: the Chelsea captain opened the scoring with a flick from a corner after the ball fell kindly at his feet, then contrived to inadvertently set up Capoue's equaliser a matter of seconds later.
The veteran has already confirmed he will be leaving Stamford Bridge when his contract expires at the end of June, although he is not quite ready to hang up his boots just yet. There is no doubt that the former England international is now past his best at the age of 36, but he remains a fine reader of the game, an excellent passer of the ball and the type of character that any manager would love to have in his dressing room.
It will be interesting to see where Terry ends up – his preference appears to be another Premier League club rather than a switch to MLS or the Chinese Super League - but for now, he will be looking forward to what should be a rapturous send-off against Sunderland on Sunday.