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Chelsea beat Watford to stay top

Published on: 01 December 2021

Mason Mount scored Chelsea's first goal and set up the winner

Chelsea retained their place at the top of the Premier League with a hard-earned win over Watford in a game that was halted for 32 minutes because of a medical emergency in the crowd.

Both sets of players left the pitch early in the first half while the fan, who had suffered cardiac arrest, was stabilised.

When they returned, Mason Mount gave the Blues the lead with a first-time finish at the end of a lovely move involving Marcos Alonso and Kai Havertz.

Watford equalised when Ruben Loftus-Cheek lost possession and Moussa Sissoko set up Emmanuel Dennis, who scored with a shot that deflected off Antonio Rudiger.

But having scored his side's first, Mount then set up the winner by providing the pass for substitute Hakim Ziyech to fire past Daniel Bachmann.

With Manchester City and Liverpool both winning, Chelsea's fifth straight away win meant they maintained their one-point lead at the top.

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Chelsea dig deep to stay top

In a bruising contest which featured seven yellow cards, Chelsea were a long way from their best.

But Thomas Tuchel's side found a way to secure a hard-fought three points and maintain their advantage at the summit.

Even before the game was stopped in the 12th minute, Watford twice went close. But then Mount - who had earlier hit the post - swept the visitors into the lead.

Dennis' fourth goal in five league games arrived shortly before half-time to lift the hosts, and it could have been even better for them.

Tom Cleverley found himself in a one-on-one with Edouard Mendy but slipped at the crucial moment after the Chelsea keeper came rushing out of his box.

It proved a costly miss as Ziyech, sent on after Trevoh Chalobah was injured, condemned Claudio Ranieri's side to a sixth defeat in eight league games.

Chelsea were disjointed for long periods after Tuchel made six changes to the side that started the 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday, yet this could prove a vital three points.

Player of the match

HavertzKai Havertz

with an average of 8.16


WatfordAvgSquad number25Player nameDennisAverage rating


Squad number19Player nameSissokoAverage rating


Squad number7Player nameKingAverage rating


Squad number10Player nameJoão PedroAverage rating


Squad number5Player nameTroost-EkongAverage rating


Squad number8Player nameCleverleyAverage rating


Squad number15Player nameCathcartAverage rating


Squad number6Player nameLouzaAverage rating


Squad number21Player nameKiko FemeníaAverage rating


Squad number11Player nameMasinaAverage rating


Squad number3Player nameRoseAverage rating


Squad number26Player nameBachmannAverage rating


Squad number33Player nameKuckaAverage rating


Squad number2Player nameNgakiaAverage rating


ChelseaAvgSquad number29Player nameHavertzAverage rating


Squad number22Player nameZiyechAverage rating


Squad number19Player nameMountAverage rating


Squad number16Player nameMendyAverage rating


Squad number6Player nameThiago SilvaAverage rating


Squad number4Player nameChristensenAverage rating


Squad number9Player nameLukakuAverage rating


Squad number10Player namePulisicAverage rating


Squad number2Player nameRüdigerAverage rating


Squad number14Player nameChalobahAverage rating


Squad number28Player nameAzpilicuetaAverage rating


Squad number12Player nameLoftus-CheekAverage rating


Squad number3Player nameAlonsoAverage rating


Squad number17Player nameSaúlAverage rating


    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text


Formation 4-1-4-1

26Bachmann21Femenía5Troost-Ekong15Cathcart11Masina6Louza25Dennis8Cleverley19Sissoko10João Pedro7King

    26Bachmann21Femenía5Troost-EkongBooked at 45mins15Cathcart11MasinaSubstituted forRoseat 12'minutesBooked at 84mins6LouzaBooked at 45minsSubstituted forKuckaat 73'minutes25Dennis8CleverleyBooked at 84minsSubstituted forNgakiaat 85'minutes19Sissoko10João Pedro7King




Formation 3-4-2-1


    16Mendy14ChalobahSubstituted forZiyechat 60'minutesBooked at 65mins4Christensen2Rüdiger28AzpilicuetaSubstituted forLukakuat 69'minutes12Loftus-Cheek17SaúlBooked at 16minsSubstituted forThiago Silvaat 45'minutes3AlonsoBooked at 45mins19Mount10Pulisic29Havertz


    1Arrizabalaga5Jorginho6Thiago Silva9Lukaku11Werner18Barkley20Hudson-Odoi22Ziyech31Sarr

Referee:David CooteAttendance:20,388Match StatsHome TeamWatfordAway TeamChelseaPossessionHome50%Away50%ShotsHome13Away8Shots on TargetHome6Away4CornersHome6Away0FoulsHome18Away16Live TextPost update

Match ends, Watford 1, Chelsea 2.

90'+7'Full Time

Second Half ends, Watford 1, Chelsea 2.

90'+7'Post update

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Marcos Alonso.

90'+7'Post update

Attempt blocked. Kiko Femenía (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90'+4'Post update

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+4'Post update

Foul by William Troost-Ekong (Watford).

90'+3'Post update

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Édouard Mendy.

90'+3'Post update

Attempt saved. Juraj Kucka (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

90'+2'Post update

Foul by Christian Pulisic (Chelsea).

90'+2'Post update

Emmanuel Dennis (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90'+2'Post update

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Marcos Alonso.

88'Post update

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Hakim Ziyech.

88'Post update

Attempt blocked. Juraj Kucka (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joshua King.

87'Post update

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87'Post update

Foul by Jeremy Ngakia (Watford).


Substitution, Watford. Jeremy Ngakia replaces Tom Cleverley.


Danny Rose (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.


Tom Cleverley (Watford) is shown the yellow card.

82'Post update

Attempt saved. Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kai Havertz with a cross.

78'Post update

Offside, Watford. Emmanuel Dennis tries a through ball, but Tom Cleverley is caught offside.

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