It’s always darkest before the dawn, as the saying goes, and things certainly were looking grim after Chelsea conceded an equalizer on the stroke of half-time and started the second-half in utter shambles, getting routinely carved open by the visitors. How Watford only managed to score only one goal during that period of the game will be a mystery for the rest of the our days, but sometimes the football gods smile upon you.
Conte says his players showed good character and spirit, and a desire to fight, with the way they came from behind to win today. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 21, 2017
You still have to be ready to take advantage of good fortune of course, whether that’s Hazard winning a corner despite knocking the ball off his own heel (from which Pedro scored), or Batshuayi coming on to be the hero we need and deserve and make Watford pay for their profligacy.
Conte: "I'm pleased for Michy, because he scored two goals & his impact on the game was amazing. It was the same for Willian & Zappacosta"— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) October 21, 2017
Chelsea came into the game winless in three, but started with plenty of attacking spirit, and despite losing our way in the middle portions (of both the game and the pitch —- heyo!), the tired squad pushed through to the end. There will now be a day off for the troops before preparations begin for Everton on Wednesday, which should give a chance to rotate, rest, and recover.
Conte on comeback: "The players have a great heart and desire to not accept this situation. "— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) October 21, 2017
Conte says Chelsea's players will have tomorrow off #cfc— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) October 21, 2017
Onwards and upwards!