Chelsea 3-0 Watford: Olivier Giroud, Willian and Ross Barkley on target as Blues return to winning ways
Chelsea brushed off their midweek setback to return to winning ways with a routine 3-0 victory over Watford at Stamford Bridge.
Frank Lampard had called for a response from his players following his side’s 3-2 defeat to West Ham, and after Manchester United temporarily moved above them into the top four with a comprehensive victory over Bournemouth on Saturday, Chelsea had to win.
Olivier Giroud was one of four changes to the side by Lampard, and he marked his return with the opener, finding the bottom corner with a left-foot shot (28) to break the deadlock. The Blues doubled their lead two minutes before the break as Willian converted from the spot following a foul by Etienne Capoue on Christian Pulisic.
At times, Chelsea controlled the second period like a training game, but Ross Barkley added extra gloss to the scoreline as he met Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross to slam home a smart finish at the near post (90+2).
The result means Chelsea leapfrog United by two points back into fourth spot while Watford remain precariously placed, one position and a solitary point above the relegation zone ahead of 18th-placed Aston Villa, who visit Liverpool
Chelsea: Arrizabalaga (7), James (7), Christensen (7), Zouma (7), Azpilicueta (7), Barkley (8), Kante (7), Mount (8), Willian (7), Giroud (7), Pulisic (8).
Subs: Abraham (n/a), Loftus-Cheek (n/a), Hudson-Odoi (n/a), Gilmour (n/a).
Watford: Foster (6), Mariappa (5), Kabasele (6), Dawson (6), Femenia (6), Chalobah (7), Capoue (5), Sarr (5), Doucoure (6), Hughes (6), Deeney (5).
Subs: Cleverley (6), Welbeck (6), Masina (5), Pereyra (n/a).
Man of the match: Mason Mount.
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