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Antonio Conte was under pressure ahead of Chelsea's clash with Watford.

Antonio Conte's reaction to Cesar Azpilicueta's goal was amazing

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Chelsea's 4-2 scoreline against Watford didn't really tell the story of a torrid afternoon at Stamford Bridge.

Watford missed a host of chances to put the game to bed and took a 2-1 lead four minutes after half-time.

Antonio Conte made a bold move by taking Alvaro Morata off and replacing him with Michy Batshuayi, but it paid off as the Belgian scored the equaliser and later added a fourth in injury time.

However, it was Cesar Azpilicueta who netted the decisive goal, whether the Blues deserved the three points or not.

Conte was under huge pressure going into the game, especially after his side threw away a two-goal lead against Roma in midweek.

There had even been suggestions that another negative result could spell the end of the Italian's reign at Stamford Bridge.

While his first season in charge saw him cruise to the Premier League title, it seems unlikely he's going to repeat that after suffering three defeats from nine games, including shock losses to Burnley and Crystal Palace.

With that in mind, it's no wonder it meant so much to him when Azpilicueta popped up in the 87th minute to head home.

Conte's epic celebration 

Conte's celebrations are already renowned, but this has to be one of his most exuberant reactions to a goal yet - imagine being the fans behind the dugout who he dived into: 

It just sums up how close the champions came to another damaging result after last weekend's shock 2-1 reverse at Crystal Palace.

We've seen two sides to the 48-year-old; on the one hand, his passion for the game doesn't seem to have dampened at all, but off the pitch, he has cut a frustrated figure, bemoaning his squad's lack of depth and some of their transfer dealings in the summer.

This latest performance was not up to scratch, but ultimately, the fact that they got the three points regardless is all that matters.

Chelsea fans were loving it

As for Conte, not everyone is convinced, despite Chelsea showing some considerable resilience and his substitute coming on to change the game.

Even so, his response to the goal certainly went down well:

Do you think Conte's still the right man for Chelsea? Have your say in the comments. 

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