Chelsea and Watford each controlled the match for equal amounts of time and had nearly the same amount of chances too so it was not a surprise that the scoreline ended up as two a piece but it was a disappointing result for Chelsea who could’ve had all three points had Oscar not slipped as he took the penalty which Hazard had earned after coming on for Pedro.
Here are the player ratings from the exciting match which unfolded over at Stamford Bridge:
Chelsea player ratings vs Watford
Courtois: Was decent throughout the match and could have done nothing to prevent the two goals which went in. He receives a 6.
Azpilicueta: Was brilliant and stifled almost all attacks on his flank with his brilliant closing down. There were a total of zero crosses from his side and he blocked a sure shot goal almost on the line. That speaks for itself. He receives an 8.
Terry: Was an above average performance from the Chelsea captain who didn’t let Ighalo get the better of him even once and stifled the attacks on his side of the pitch in tandem with the brilliant Azpilicueta. He receives a 7.
Cahill: Easily the worst performer on the Chelsea team as he time and again let Ighalo get the better of him and forced Terry to come and support him, leaving Deeney open more often than not. He receives a 4.
Ivanovic: A mediocre match for the vice-captain who failed to make a mark on either end of the pitch but was constantly undermined by Holebas’ crossing. He receives a 5.
Matic: A night to forget for Matic as he failed in major aspects and most importantly gave away the penalty for Watford’s first goal of the match. He receives a 5.
Fabregas: Decent play from the Spaniard until the halfway mark and was not at his best but did manage to find Chelsea players more often than not. He receives a 6.
Pedro: Another Chelsea player who failed to make a mark, Pedro was a threat but was guilty of overplaying whenever he got the ball. Also, it is evident that he possesses a great positional sense and the remaining team must really utilise that in order to get anywhere close to the best out of him. He receives a 6.
Oscar: A forgettable night for the Brazilian who missed the crucial penalty which could’ve got the Blues all the three points on offer. He was decent throughout but was nowhere near his best and often lacking in the intensity he was so highly regarded for. He receives a 5.
Willian: He was incredible in taking his corners and each one of them represented a chance for Chelsea. His gorgeous through ball for Costa for the second goal was simply breathtaking and was a great advertisement of his capabilities. He receives a 9.
Costa: Diego was back amongst the goals and managed a brace against the Hornets who were notorious for their miserly backline. It was a typical striker’s performance from the player and he thoroughly deserved the applause reserved for him by the crowd. He receives a 9.
Mikel: Came on for Fabregas at halftime and immediately stabilised Chelsea’s midfield. He was single handedly responsible to disable Watford’s long ball game and showed why he is still valuable to Chelsea even though he lacks creativity. He receives an 8.
Hazard: Eden came on for Pedro to loud applause and immediately got into the thich of the action, even fashioning out a penalty from fellow substitute Behrami. He receives a 7.
Watford Player ratings vs Chelsea
Gomes: Was decent and didn’t have any save to make of note except one Diego Costa chance where he was alert to rush off his line and take on the responsibility. He receives a 6.
Holebas: Was a great crossing threat throughout the match and defended decently against in-form Willian. He receives a 7.
Cathcart: Was at fault for the second Chelsea goal. Otherwise, he played a great match and held off the Blues capably. He receives a 6.
Britos: Was decent throughout the match and made multiple crucial blocks over the match. He receives a 7.
Nyom: Was under pressure throughout but managed to keep Chelsea at bay. He receives a 6.
Jurado: Was a decent outlet against the hapless Ivanovic on the left. He receives a 6.
Capoue: Controlled the midfield for large stretches and put on a typical Capoue show for the occasion. He receives a 7.
Watson: Was a great partner to Capoue and managed to stifle the midfield for Chelsea. He receives a 7.
Abdi: Was largely invisible during the match simply because of Azpilicueta’s incredible defending. He receives a 5.
Deeney: Was his usual beastly self and managed multiple lay offs and combinations with Ighalo. Scored the all important first goal for the Hornets. He receives an 8.
Ighalo: An amazing performance as usual from the talented striker and he ran riot against Cahill, unlucky to not score more than the one he did. He receives a 9.
Guedioura: Was a defensive sub and did as was required of him. He receives a 6.
Behrami: Came on to supplement the midfield but was reckless and almost gave away the match with the penalty he conceded. He receives a 5.
Anya: Came on to replace Jurado and provided fresh legs. Performed as expected of him. He receives a 6.