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Watford 1-2 Chelsea: 5 talking points & tactical analysis | Premier League 2018-19

SENIOR ANALYST
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6.75K   //    27 Dec 2018, 12:24 IST

Chelsea are back to winning ways
Chelsea are back to winning ways

A double from Eden Hazard stung the Hornets as Chelsea claimed all three points against Watford at Vicarage Road by 1-2. The talisman scored on the brink of half-time, but Roberto Pereyra canceled their lead just a couple of minutes later with a sumptuous finish from a well-worked corner.

Hazard put the Blues' noses in front once again through a penalty, scoring his 100th and 101st goal for the club in all competitions.

The win sees Sarri's men go on 40 points and 4th on the table, two clear of 5th placed Arsenal, who shared the spoils with Brighton and Hove Albion earlier. Chelsea also extended their unbeaten run on Boxing Day to 14 matches.

They were far from their best, but nevertheless, the visitors managed to grind out a result; something they haven't been able to do consistently of late.

On that note, lets take a look at the major talking points from Chelsea's 1-2 victory over Watford.


#1 Sarri names a shocking unchanged XI

Maurizio Sarri named an unchanged XI from the loss against Leicester
Maurizio Sarri named an unchanged XI from the loss against Leicester

In the busy festive footballing period, with almost no time to breathe or sit down, every manager rotates his players, tinkers with formations, and looks to bring out the best results each week.

Sarri's team lost their first home game under his stewardship when Leicester visited Stamford Bridge. With Boxing Day just three days later, a lot of us expected at least three or four changes from the Italian mastermind.

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Sarri went for the same back four, despite recent struggles by Marcos Alonso. Moreover, Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta need some rest.

In midfield, Mateo Kovacic started once again, leaving Ross Barkley on the bench. We cannot expect Jorginho or Kante to not start, but either of them should have been taken off after the hour mark or so.

The front three of Pedro, Willian, and Hazard led the line. Not all of them looked sharp, and Willian especially did not enjoy the best of outings. He hasn't in the previous two or three matches.

Owing to the lack of rest, Pedro sustained a muscle injury.

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