For the first time in 22 years, defending Premier League champions , Chelsea suffered back to back defeats by a margin of 3 goals. Antonio Conte’s men were beaten by Bournemouth(0-3) midweek at home before they were stung by the Hornets on the 5th of February.
The visitors went down to 10-men in the first half when Tiemoue Bakayoko was sent off for his 2nd bookable offence. Watford then took the lead, when the ref awarded a penalty for a foul on on-loan winger Gerard Deulofeu by keeper Thiabaut Courtois. The home team’s captain Troy Deeney converted from the spot and they went into the break at 1-0.
After the break Chelsea equalised, through a wonder goal from Eden Hazard. However, a flurry of 3 goals in the final 7 minutes gave Watford a deserved victory, with full-back Daryl Janmat, Deulofeu & substitute Roberto Pereyra getting on the score sheet.
Conte said that his team lacked personality in the game though they displayed fight in the 2nd half. When asked if he is worried about losing his job, the Chelsea manager said, “I’m not worried about my job,” he added. “I work every day and I give 120%. OK? If this is enough, it’s OK. Otherwise the club can take a different decision. But I’m not worried. My conscience is clear. I go to sleep without a problem that maybe, maybe, I could do this or that. I try to do everything. If it’s not good, the club can make a different decision. Life goes on. For sure, this is a difficult moment. If we want to find excuses, alibis, we can find everything. Tiredness, injuries… but this is not my way to face the situation, to solve the problem.”