Watford 1-2 Chelsea: 5 Talking Points & Tactical Analysis | Premier League 2019-20
Chelsea went up to third in the Premier League standings for the time being with a well-constructed victory against bottom-dwellers Watford at Vicarage Road.
Goals from Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic helped the Blues record their seventh successive away win while Lampard and co. also secured their fifth consecutive win in the Premier League.
It was much harder in the end than it seemed after Gerard Deulofeu, upon VAR's intervention, dispatched a penalty for the hosts. But, Chelsea held on, courtesy a splendid save from Kepa in the 96th minute to prevent a drop of points.
They were in cruise control of the game for large periods, but Ben Foster's heroics prevented a comprehensive triumph for the visitors. That though, seldom matters to them; a side that is beginning to muster points in various ways.
On that note, we analyze the five major talking points from Chelsea's 2-1 win over the Hornets.
#5 Abraham punishes a static Watford defence early on
As envisioned, Chelsea began to dictate proceedings right from the outset. Watford, setting up in typical Quique Sanches Flores style, enveloped a gigantic yellow blanket over their defensive end.
They did try to lock Chelsea down further up, but as soon as the defenders found Jorginho or Mateo Kovacic in space, the Hornets clouded the back end of the pitch in a 4-5-1 system, with Ricardo Pereyra and Deulofeu stationed for the counter.
They got everybody behind the ball, but that's of no use if the defence remains rooted to the ground. Such was the case when Jorginho picked an absolute cracker of a pass to Abraham, who applied the finishing touches at the first go to net his ninth for the season.
What was highly impressive was the pace at which both Jorginho and Abraham got their heads up. Even before the pass was played to the former, his head was right in front, yearning for a gap between the likes of Craig Dawson and Craig Cathcart.
And, when the pass was played, the Chelsea striker displayed massive composure to slide it past the in-form Foster.