If Antonio Conte has brought anything to Chelsea, it’s a habit of scoring late winners.
Diego Costa scored in the 89th minute to record a 2-1 win against West Ham on Monday night and the striker was at it again in the 2-1 win over Watford.
Costa latched onto Cesc Fabregas’ through ball to seal the win that takes Chelsea joint top of the Premier League.
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Much has been made of Fabregas in the past week, with talk of an exit from Stamford Bridge intensifying. But it was his assist that prevented the Blues’ from dropping points.
Etienne Capoue had given Watford the lead early in the second half but Michy Batshuayi equalised with 10 minutes remaining, scoring his first goal for the club.
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Here are five things we learned at Vicarage Road.
Conte would be foolish to sell Fabregas
The Spaniard didn’t play a minute against West Ham and was introduced with 12 minutes remaining against the Hornets but he made an immediate impact.
He was enterprising and sent Conte a very clear message with a fine assist.
New defenders please
Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill endured a 90 minutes to forgot, their performance summed up by the individual mistakes both made for Capoue’s goal. Ivanovic failed to track the Watford man while Cahill was marking absolutely nobody.
Chelsea must add some defensive reinforcements before the transfer deadline.
Watford must get Deeney and Ighalo firing
Watford’s strike duo combined to score 28 league goals last season but both were quiet against Chelsea. It’s impossible to understate the importance of having two strikers who can score goals, especially considering Watford’s main aim is to avoid relegation.
Second half Chelsea > First half Chelsea
The Blues only got going in the second half, once they were 1-0 down. It was the same against West Ham, where both goals came in the second half. Conte will be desperate it doesn’t become a habit.
Costa’s making the most of living dangerously
Diego Costa probably should have been sent off against West Ham after his challenge on Adrian went unpunished.
And the 27-year-old committed a dive while on a yellow card on Saturday.
Of course, he would score the winner in both games.