Champions Chelsea Triumph With Victory Over Watford In Seven-Goal Thriller

Antonio Conte’s side Chelsea celebrated their Premier League title celebration with a hard-earned win over Watford in an ill-tempered but thrilling encounter at Stamford Bridge.

 

Coach Antonio Conte and his Chelsea players were able to take the praise on a lap of honour after the final whistle - but they were made to work for the victory by a fired-up and physical Watford.

 

Captain John Terry, who will leave at the end of the season after more than two decades at the club, acclaimed his first league start since September by netting Chelsea's 100th goal in all competitions this term. It came after 22 minutes before he then gifted Watford midfielder Etienne Capoue an instant equaliser with a poor header.

 

Defender Cesar Azpilicueta restored Chelsea's lead with a crisp finish before break-time and the contest looked over when forward Michy Batshuayi, who netted  the title-winning goal at West Brom Albion at Friday added a third just after the half-time.

 

The Walter Mazzari side Watford, however, showed commendable fight. Centre-back Daryl Janmaat's fine solo effort put the visitors within reach before substitute Stefano Okaka, who was given his Italy debut by Chelsea manager Conte, took advantage of defensive uncertainty to slam in an equaliser.

 

The Blue side, as so often this season, found a way to win as substitute midfielder Cesc Fabregas struck from the edge of the area with three minutes left - while Watford's agony was compounded when defender Sebastian Prodl was sent off for a second yellow card in stoppage time.

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