Hazard collected a short corner from Cesc Fabregas and pulled the ball back into the path of Pedro, who whipped in a curling, right-foot shot that clanged into the net off Heurelho Gomes's right-hand post. Chelsea should have doubled their lead in the 17th minute when Morata's cross sent Fabregas clear with only Gomes to beat, but he managed only to chip the ball into the keeper's arms. Watford were fortunate to escape, but having survived, they began to gain a foothold in the game. Confirmation Conte's side had lost their grip came in the second minute of first-half injury time when Doucoure fired home with a first-time shot after David Luiz failed to clear Jose Holebas's long throw. The equaliser shifted the mood inside the stadium and there were sounds of dissent from the home supporters as the two teams left the pitch.
Chelsea win ✔— iChelseaTweets (@iChelseaTweets) October 21, 2017
Batshuayi super-sub brace✔
Azpilicueta winning goal ✔
Pedro brilliant goal ✔
Chelsea back on track✔
COME ON CHELSEA? pic.twitter.com/9EI7acJhUO
The opening moments of the second half suggested worse was to come, with Richarlison somehow managing to steer Kiko Femenia's excellent low cross wide from just six yards out. Fortunately for the highly rated Brazilian, he atoned quickly by teeing up Pereyra for a goal that put Marco Silva's men ahead. Tiemoue Bakayoko had been a doubt before the game and the Chelsea midfielder, poor throughout, was slow to react when he was dispossessed by Pereyra in the middle of the pitch.
Chelsea 4-2 Watford FT:October 21, 2017
Pass accuracy 81%-82%
Chances created 11-10
Chelsea sneak over the line. ? pic.twitter.com/XkpugHFoA4