Batshuayi brace inspires Chelsea to victory against Watford

Striker Morata used a red light as a prop which he pretended to swallow and then cough

Striker Morata used a red light as a prop which he pretended to swallow and then cough

Chelsea returned to winning ways after coming from behind to beat Watford 4-2 in the English Premier League on Saturday at Stamford Bridge. It may still be early days in the league, but they look to be in good form and the fact that all the pressure in this tie lies on Chelsea, will only come as an advantage to Marco Silva's men.

Watford equalised seconds before halftime through Abdoulaye Doucoure and in a rampant spell of attacking football went ahead four minutes after the break when Roberto Pereyra tapped home a Richarlison cross.

However, Batshuayi came from the bench to draw Antonio Conte's side level and, after Cesar Azpilicueta had headed them in front, added another in injury time.

The Spain winger collected Eden Hazard's pass from a short corner and let fly with a first-time strike that curled beyond the motionless Heurelho Gomes and in off the left-hand post.

In the 16th minute Cesc Fabregas nearly doubled Chelsea's lead with a clever chip but Huerelho Gomes made a good save.

Richarlison somehow failed to turn the ball into an empty net from just a few yards out, but the Brazilian made amends moments later to help Watford to a superb start to the second half.

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The equaliser shifted the mood inside the stadium and there were sounds of dissent from the home supporters as the two teams left the pitch.

Chelsea (3-4-3:) Courtois; Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill; Azpilicueta, Bakayko, Fabregas, Alonso; (Willian 68) Pedro (Zappacosta 86), Hazard, Morata (Batshuayi 60).

A few minutes later Batshuayi nearly got his second but his shot went just wide off the bar.

Tiemoue Bakayoko had been a doubt before the game and the Chelsea midfielder, poor throughout, was slow to react when he was dispossessed by Pereyra in the middle of the pitch.

The match could have gone either way, with Watford's Christian Kasabele guilty of missing two free headers.

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