Chelsea cooly swatted the Hornets aside on Saturday night to reclaim their position in the top four that had briefly been occupied by Manchester United earlier on in the afternoon. Tom Overend provides the lowdown on the individual performances of the team.
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The under-pressure Spaniard had very little to do, but was solid every time he was called upon including a smart save from Will Hughes in the final minutes of the game.
Beginning the look back near his best, James was putting accurate balls into the box on a regular basis. His defensive play was still a little inconsistent, being beaten to balls too often and caught out of position on a handful of occasions.
A more assured performance after looking very shaky against Michail Antonio in midweek. Stronger in one-on-one battles, and positionally more sound to protect against counter attacks.
Justified the calls of many for a starting berth against Watford. His physicality was put to good use against Deeney, and he provided the solid backbone that was missing at the London Stadium.
Much improved, composed performance from the captain. Appeared more comfortable on the left, and was more aggressive in defending set pieces. Lead by example.
Another astute performance in the holding role, despite occasional positional lapses that might have left the defence exposed against better opposition. Beginning to look more natural as the anchor.
Mason Mount 7.5
Domineering at the heart of midfield, Mount provided a very intelligent ball for Barkley to assist Giroud for the opener. Provided the creativity from the start that was missing against West Ham.
Ross Barkley 7.5
Looked much improved playing alongside Mount. A goal and an assist did not flatter his controlling performance, making ambitious forward runs and feeding enticing through-balls for Giroud.
Another breakout performance for the American playmaker. Paralysed the Hornets’ defence with numerous forward runs, drawing several fouls in dangerous positions. Won the penalty for the second goal, and might have got on the scoresheet himself on a number of occasions.
A fourth goal in three Premier League games since the restart, taking his goal tally to a personal best of nine for the season. Provided energy and creativity in breaking down the Watford low block.
Olivier Giroud 7.5
Played to his scintillating strengths, providing the hold-up foundation for the majority of Chelsea’s attacks. Very well-taken finish for the opener, and asserting his position as first-choice striker for the remainder of the campaign.
- Ruben Loftus-Cheek (76′) – 6
- Callum Hudson-Odoi (76′) – 5
- Tammy Abraham (76′) – 6
- Billy Gilmour (78′) – 6