CHELSEA 4-2 WATFORD: 5 THINGS WE LEARNT FROM CHELSEA’S BRILLIANT COMEBACK

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Before the game against Watford on Saturday, Chelsea were winless in our last three games in all competitions but Chelsea returned to winning ways with a 4-2 win over Watford.

Chelsea conceded two goals after Pedro’s exquisite opener, which brought fears this could be another bad day for Chelsea.

Michy Batshuayi came off the bench to head home an equaliser before Cesar Azpilicueta headed home the winner. There was still time for Batshuayi to add another goal in injury time.

Here are 5 things we learnt from this amazing comeback:

1. CONTE HAS BEEN FORCED TO MAKE MANY CHANGES TO HIS STARTING LINEUP THIS SEASON

Only Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool has made more changes to his starting lineup (26) than Antonio Conte (22) this season. This is in stark contrast to Chelsea’s title winning team last season which was changed just 53 times across the entire season, the second fewest of any side. Most of the changes in the team this season has been enforced, with Chelsea having injury crisis this season. The lack of continuity may explain why Chelsea haven’t hit top gear this season.

2. PEDRO SHOULD BE STARTING FOR CHELSEA

Pedro proved yet again that he should be starting for Chelsea and not sitting on the bench. He is Chelsea’s third top scorer (3) of the season behind Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi, who both have 7 goals each. Pedro has scored two Premier League goals this season, both from outside the box with his third goal of the season coming in the 6-0 thrashing of Qarabag. No Chelsea player has contributed more goals than Pedro has for Chelsea in 2017. The Spaniard has provided 12 goals and 9 assists this calendar year.

3. PEDRO SCORES LANDMARK GOAL FOR CHELSEA

Pedro’s opener against Watford was Chelsea’s 8,000th goal in Chelsea’s history and the goal is worthy of such landmark. Pedro’s strike is also the 1659th goal scored by Chelsea since the Premier League re-branded in 1992.

4. COURTOIS PLAYED HIS 100TH LEAGUE GAME FOR CHELSEA

Chelsea’s win over Watford was Thibaut Courtois’ 100th league game for Chelsea but the goalkeeper couldn’t mark the special occasion with a clean sheet. In his 100 league games for Chelsea so far, Courtois has kept 36 clean sheets.

5. BATSHUAYI IS THE MAN TO CALL

Michy Batshuayi is proving to be a super sub for Chelsea this season after scoring again from the bench. Alvaro Morata was poor against Watford and Antonio Conte decided to replace the Spaniard with Batshuayi and the Belgian striker replied with two goals for Chelsea. Batshuayi came off the bench against West Brom to give Chelsea the title last season and he scored again against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League after coming off the bench. Batshuayi has now scored seven league goals in his last nine games after just one in 17 before that. Batshuayi’s goals per minutes is the best in Chelsea this season. He scores a goal every 71.3 minutes. Morata has the second best goal per minute ratio, scoring a goal every 105.9 minutes.

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