Chelsea opted to bring in Tiemoue Bakayoko as a like-for-like replacement but it seems as if the 23-year-old still needs time to develop and adapt to the rigours of the Premier League. Namely, the Italian tactician substituted injured Morata with Willian instead of introducing a striker such is MichyBatshuayi, and that decision angered the fans who voiced their displeasure after the clash. Chelsea are struggling and Watford are high on confidence.
Chelsea will look to bounce back from consecutive Premier League defeats on Saturday when they host an in-form Watford side at Stamford Bridge.
Alvaro Morata played 90 minutes against Roma on his return from a hamstring injury, so he should be in line to feature again. Chelsea took an early, 2-0 lead thanks to David Luiz's long-range shot and Eden Hazard's neat finish, and it looked that the Blues are on a course to record a significant victory. As a result, Andreas Christensen will likely retain his place in the back-three alongside Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta.
Asked if he feels that he enjoys the complete support of the Chelsea hierarchy, Conte said: "For me the important thing is to work and I always hope to always have this enthusiasm and pressure to work in my job". In 2016-17 while at Hull City, he saw his side pick up just two points from nine away games in the Premier League (W0 D2 L7).
The piece goes on to make several other extraordinary claims while also stating that the training regime that the players are taking issue with is virtually identical to the title-winning preparation methods that the Italian deployed last season.
Antonio Conte will have a hard time trying to figure out his fittest team for this clash.
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Matic's departure has been compounded by the injury to his central midfield partner from last season N'Golo Kante.
They will need to put in a stronger showing against Watford, which will not be easy given the form the Hornets are in and the raft of injuries the Blues are dealing with.
Following that heavy loss to City, Watford beat Swansea at Liberty Stadium thanks to the 90th-minute goal from the exciting Brazilian Richarlison, and the same player saved a point at West Brom, only this time, he scored in the 95th minute!
But Hornets boss Marco Silva may not turn to Troy Deeney, despite his influential display as a substitute against Arsenal last week.
Chelsea have fallen off the pace in recent weeks and have not won for three games in all competitions.
This is an interesting match up.