Friday, 17 November, 2017

Antonio Conte hails Chelsea's fighting spirit after win over Watford

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Lucia Summers | 23 October, 2017, 09:59

Cesar Azpilicueta and Michy Batshuayi have praised the "great spirit" in Chelsea's 4-2 comeback win against Watford on Saturday.

Spain worldwide Azpilicueta, who scored Chelsea's crucial third goal three minutes from time, told the club's official website: "We were three games without winning so it's important to step up and get back to winning ways".

"He'll score in the next games but what is important is that we created the chances and that he was in the right position to score again".

"I think we didn't deserve the result, even if we took only one point I think it is not fair to us". "We know it's a long season and we will have ups and downs" said Azpilicueta, "This has been a hard period but this is the first step to get out and get our confidence up". I trust in my work, I try to give everything for the club. "It's good for the team".

Azpilicueta scored the header that gave Chelsea the lead - coming back from a two-goal deficit. This was his team's first victory in four matches in all competitions.

Marco Silva has made a stunning start to life at Watford and could well see his side finish top of the mini league which excludes the "Big Six".

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While Hazard struggled and Morata failed to make too much of an impression, Pedro impressed for Chelsea and did very well going forward.

Assistant referee Andrew Halliday awarded a corner when the ball clearly came off Hazard's foot last and Chelsea took it quickly, Hazard playing to the edge of the box where Pedro whipped his shot first time off the far post and into the corner. Chelsea teammates soon followed, including a "very" excited Cesc Fabregas. They began winning the midfield battle and scored three times in the last 20 minutes. Richarlison, otherwise excellent, missed two wide open chances either side of Roberto Pereyra's goal.

DF Antonio Rudiger, 4 - He made some decent early tackles, but as the task of shackling Richarlison became progressively hard - he was booked for fouling the Brazilian in the first half - he lost his composure in the second period as Watford repeatedly cut Chelsea's defence to ribbons.

Gary Cahill said that Chelsea's entire dressing room is happy that Michy Batshuayi immediately silenced the doubters after he was criticised following a poor display against Crystal Palace.

But it came moments later.

Another substitute, Willian, had a hand in Chelsea's third as he crossed for Azpilicueta to head home. Batshuayi added his second, and Chelsea's fourth, in stoppage time.

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