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Ross Barkley came off the bench to score the winner as they produced one of the narrow football scores of the weekend in the Premier League. Kai Havertz opened the scoring in the 11th minute before Dan Gosling scored in the 87th minute. Just when the match looked like heading for a draw, Barkley scored the winner in stoppage time.

Player ratings

Chelsea: Mendy (7), Azpilicueta (6), Silva (7), Rudiger (6), James (7), Kante (6), Saul (5), Kenedy (7), Ziyech (6), Havertz (7), Mount (7).
Subs: Sarr (6), Barkley (7), Chilwell (6).

Watford: Bachmann (6), Femenia (6), Kabasele (6), Samir (6), Kamara (6), Sissoko (6), Cleverley (7), Kayembe (7), Sema (6), Pedro (7), King (6).
Subs: Hernandez (6), Masina (7), Gosling (7).

Man of the match: Reece James

Managers Reaction 

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel: “The disadvantage in terms of timing for the rebuild is big and we have to be fast and smart. It’s a rebuild that is necessary for us and it makes things more challenging. We have clear ideas for the profiles and the characteristics of these players, but it’s not like you put a name on the list and then you get the player. You have to convince the player, you have to speak to other clubs. So there’s normally a lot of work to do. I think the structure suits our players very well. It suits Reece James and Ben Chilwell very well because they have a bit more freedom to attack both sides.”

Watford boss Roy Hodgson: “Today was typical I thought, to do so well throughout and get a very good goal that equalizes, it would have been nice if the players could have got that reward for their efforts and come off with a point. As it is, they come out once again with a defeat, albeit a very honorable one considering we’ve been relegated for a while now. I’m happy with the decision because I took it with my eyes wide open and I thought it was the right thing to do. Unfortunately, it hasn’t worked out, but that doesn’t mean I’m now looking back with regret.”

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