Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi replaced Pedro in the first half against Watford after the Spaniard picked up an injury but Hudson-Odoi failed to finish the second half after Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri replaced him with Emerson.
It was Hudson-Odoi’s first Premier League appearance of the season and it was sad to see the youngster fail to finish the game.
Chelsea fans were unhappy with Sarri’s decision to take off the youngster with Chelsea fans at Vicarage Road booing while social media went into a frenzy.
Sarri revealed after the win at Watford that Callum Hudson-Odoi was forced off with a hamstring injury.
“He played for the first time in the Premier League this season, he played for 55 minutes very well,” Sarri said.
“We had a little injury with his hamstring one week ago and 10 minutes from the end he had pain in the same point so we preferred to change.
“I can understand that [the fans being disappointed] but there wasn’t another solution, it was too dangerous.”
Sarri will be hoping that both Hudson-Odoi and Pedro are available for Chelsea’s trip to Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Eden Hazard scored both goals for Chelsea in a hard-fought victory at Vicarage Road and the result meant the Blues leapfrogged Arsenal to go fourth in the Premier League table, two points above the Gunners.
Hazard scored his 100th Chelsea goal in the first minute of added time in the first half before the home side drew level almost immediately through Pereyra.
Watford’s goalkeeper Ben Foster barged Hazard to the floor in the 58th minute and the Belgian made no mistake from the penalty spot as he scored his 101st Chelsea goal.
It was a deserved victory and Sarri praised the team for their approach against Watford.
“Against Leicester the mentality was good and I think we played one of the best performances of the season in the first half,” Sarri added.
“What was wrong was the reaction to the negative situation, but it can happen.
“Today we did very well in our approach and the level of attention and determination was very good for 90 minutes, with continuity.
“So maybe in terms of quality we played better against Leicester but today we played with a great level of application and determination.”
Hazard, deployed as a centre forward by Maurizio Sarri for the fourth Premier League game in a row, led the line and he could have easily scored more for Chelsea. The Belgian also created more chances than any other player on the pitch.
Sarri hailed the importance of Hazard to Chelsea after his man of the match performance against Watford.
According to Sarri, Hazard is to Chelsea what Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are to Barcelona and Juventus respectively.
“Hazard is very important for us,” said Sarri.
“Messi is very important for Barcelona. Cristiano Ronlado is very important for Juventus. He is a very great player, and able to play in any position. At the moment he is a false nine and he is able to play in that position.
“He scored two goals, made two or three very good assists, he is able to play with team mates and to open spaces for others.”