By Gary Watton
May 5 2019
It was very much a case of all's well, that ends well. However, at the interval, with stalemate on the cards, there was disquiet amongst the Chelsea faithful. Would this be another missed opportunity in this most peculiar of races for Champions League positions? Fortunately, Chelsea once more demonstrated their knack of scoring more goals in the second half than in the first. The first two efforts were both headers and came in quick succession to allay the fears of the home support. Later Higuain put the contest well and truly to bed. It remained something of a shame and an insult that the legend that is Gary Cahill couldn't be risked by silly old Sarri until the eighty-ninth minute. Surely one of the heroes on Munich 2012 could have been granted the last ten minutes of normal time? Still, at least Sarri possessed just about enough class to afford Gary a final appearance in front of his grateful home supporters. One can't help feeling that Cahill has been criminally underused this season and still has at least one good year left in him even yet.
Nevertheless, just as we were congratulating our team for an impressive result in the end, it never entered our thoughts that both the numpties of ManUre and Arsenic would fail to win against lowly Huddersfield Town and Brighton respectively, especially since both protagonists actually took the lead in those matches. Well, come six twenty in the evening, our fine afternoon was to 'brighten' up even further when stuttering old Arsenil failed to take maximum points against Brighton. All of a sudden, the Blues were officially through to next season's Champions League, hooray, with one game to spare, all the more crucial as we had the small matter of a difficult assignment at Leicester City on the final Sunday. Now that the team have been spared any anxieties arising out of that forthcoming fixture, they can now well and truly focus on taking care of Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night in the semi fianl second leg, a task that is by no means straightforward. However, if they play their cards right, the team can conceivably finish this odd season with more European silverware.
CHELSEA 3 Watford 0; half time: 0-0
CHELSEA: Arrizabalaga; Christensen; Azpilicueta; Luiz; Alonso; Jorginho; Kovacic; Pedro; Hazard; Higuain; Kante. Used substitutes: Loftus-Cheek; Giroud; Cahill
CHELSEA goal scorers: Loftus-Cheek; Luiz; Higuain
Kante fivepqs: qs: