Bakayoko starts for Chelsea against Watford

Bakayoko starts for Chelsea against Watford

Bakayoko starts for Chelsea against Watford

But a brace from Batshuayi, who replaced Alvaro Morata on the hour mark, and a header from Cesar Azpilicueta ensured Chelsea got back to winning ways and Conte was quick to praise the performance of the Belgium worldwide striker as well as his fellow substitutes Zappacosta and Willian.

Batshuayi had headed in an equaliser for the champions midway through the second half after the home side fell behind to two Watford goals either side of half-time to suggest the possibility of a third consecutive Premier League defeat.

"We started really well and had chances to score the second".

"We had to dig in until the last minute and we showed our spirit", Azpilicueta said.

"We played our game and in the second half for 40 minutes there was one team playing on the pitch".

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Chelsea have named Tiemoue Bakayoko in the starting line-up for Saturday's Premier League clash with Watford.

The game represented a chance for Chelsea to silence the naysayers who believe their increased workload this season will hamper their league form, but even though they earned a first win in four in all competitions, the fact they were outplayed for long periods at Stamford Bridge will worry Conte. Without the protection offered by the injured N'Golo Kante, Chelsea's backline looked exposed and if Richarlison had converted when unmarked in the box with Watford leading 2-1, the result could have looked very different.

The hosts took a controversial lead when they were awarded a corner despite the ball appearing to have come off the foot of Chelsea's Eden Hazard.

Chelsea failed to properly clear a free kick and it went out for a throw-in which Jose Holebas launched into the area.

For all of Watford's bright work in the opening 10 minutes, it was Chelsea that made the breakthrough in the 12th minute when Pedro found the back of the away side's net with a curling effort from outside the area.

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