By Gary Watton
February 5 2018
Just when you think that your team cannot sink any lower, they then proceed to surpass themselves with another truly wretched performance. It's not just that Watford were able to dance through our defence to land three well-crafted late goals, but more to the point, the champions were awful even when the score was deadlocked at 0-0. Even with eleven men, the visitors were never able to test the Watford goalkeeper. Willian had a decent chance which he blasted over the bar. Pedro did likewise with a half-chance. Is there nobody on the training field at Cobham who could urge our misfiring muppets to stop firing efforts over the bar? Salah seems perfect capable of drilling low shots into the net, so why do Pedro and Willian insist on leaning back and aiming their attempts at the roof of the net. At least work the goalkeeper or induce a block from a defender, for pity's sake!
Then of course there is dear old Bakayoko, proving to be an expensive misfit. His passing was its customary sub-standard self, while his first touch was so lamentable that it led to him failing to control a ball and then fouling an opponent in a typically clumsy attempt to win the round object back. This earned him a second yellow card. It was almost an act of mercy that he was forced from the field. Regrettably, the teacher's pet is only banned for one match. Why does Conte insist on Bakayoko ahead of Drinkwater, a safer pair of hands? Also, why did the manager consign new recruit Giroud to a late cameo, when the team desperately needed a target man right from the off? Conte's decisions are strange. His post-match comments are equally baffling. With a Champions League double header looming just over the horizon, Chelsea are a car crash at present.
Watford 4 CHELSEA 1; half time: 1-0
CHELSEA goal scorer: Hazard
CHELSEA: Courtois; Cahill; Luiz; Azpilicueta; Bakayoko; Zappacosta; Kante; Moses; Pedro; Willian; Hazard. Used substitutes: Fabregas; Giroud
CHELSEA leading scorers:
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