Antonio Conte Hails Michy Batshuayi's Watford Impact

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Chelsea trailed again in the league on Saturday - at home to Watford - but they battled back to win 4-2 and captain Cahill sees that fighting spirit as key as his side look to rediscover their best form.

THE pressure is mounting on Chelsea boss Antonio Conte - but who are the favourites to replace him when he leaves Stamford Bridge?

"We started really well and had chances to score the second".

'It was a very good win and these three points are very important for us to move up the table, ' he said. "We know it's a long season and we will have ups and downs" said Azpilicueta, "This has been a hard period but this is the first step to get out and get our confidence up". I think and I try to transfer this message to my players. "Watford, to me, should have had the game buried and if I was Marco Silva, I'd be disappointed to not get anything out of the game", the former manager said.

That will be of little significance to Antonio Conte, however, whose relief was palpable when he celebrated Azpilicueta's goal by diving in amongst the Chelsea fans.

The 20-year-old signed for Watford from Fluminense for £13 million in the summer, and he has already contributed 3 goals and four assists in his opening nine Premier League games.

On the decision to award Chelsea's corner before Pedro's goal, Silva added: "Of course everyone knows it was not a corner".

The champions were temporarily buoyant and Cesc Fabregas should have doubled their advantage when played through one-on-one soon after but his chipped finish plopped into the grateful hands of Heurelho Gomes.

That season, Jose Mourinho did not last beyond mid-December.

Watford came out all guns blazing and could have scored three in the first 10 minutes. Richarlison, otherwise excellent, missed two wide open chances either side of Roberto Pereyra's goal.

Michy Batshuayi has made just three Premier League starts since joining Chelsea in the summer of 2016, but Conte believes that it is important for him to wait for his chance.

Watford, who are flying high in fourth place, have made one change to the starting XI that beat Arsenal last week.
Captain Troy Deeney comes in to lead the Hornets in place of Andre Gray and the burly striker will have in-form wingers Richarlison and Pereyra for company.

But it came moments later.

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