Tammy Abraham guides Chelsea to beat Watford 2-1 in the Premier League
WATFORD: Chelsea climbed to third place in the Premier league how Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic sealed a 2-1 victory at the humble Watford on Saturday.
Frank Lampard's team recovered from their mid-week League Cup defeat against Manchester United to achieve five consecutive league victories.
The Blues have won eight of their past nine matches in all competitions how Lampard continues to make a good impression in his first season in charge.
Su decisión de ir con jóvenes no probados how Abraham, quien abrió el marcador, ha sido un movimiento astuto, mientras que Pulisic está justificando su alto precio después de comenzar la temporada en el banquillo.
La penalización tardía otorgada por el VAR de Gerard Deulofeu llegó demasiado tarde para evitar que Chelsea registre una séptima victoria consecutiva how visitante en todas las competiciones.
They are only two points away from Manchester City, which ranks second, despite not being able to sign players in the summer due to a transfer ban.
But with a coming trip to the City and the Champions League ties against Ajax and Valencia on the calendar, November will provide much stricter evidence of Chelsea's progress than this ride in the cold autumn on Vicarage Road.
Watford could have lost by a much larger margin and remain at the end of the table, without a win in the league this season.
Chelsea had a vertiginous start that earned an immediate reward when Abraham accelerated with the sublime pass of Pinginho de Jorginho and raised a great finish over Ben Foster.
It was Abraham's tenth goal in his revolutionary campaign that ended a five-game goal drought for the young England striker, who has scored seven goals in away matches this season.
Just how significantly, Jorginho's role in the goal indicated the Italy midfielder's improved form in his second season with Chelsea.
Jorginho was disliked by Chelsea fans last season for his anonymous displays, but has already been involved in more Premier league goals (one goal and two assists) than in the whole of the previous campaign (two goals and no assists).
Watford had managed just five Premier league goals this season, but they almost grabbed a first-half equaliser, with Deulofeu's low shot flashing just wide.
That was a rare threat from the hosts and only Foster stopped Chelsea's dominant display producing more goals.
Foster avoided Abraham with a good stop, then, from Willian's corner, Pulisic made a header that forced an even better stop by the Watford goalkeeper.
Having won his previous six games on the road in all competitions, Chelsea was in a good mood and Mason Mount was inches from his second goal when his long-range shot was pushed to the bar by Foster's good stop.
Chelsea had lost only one of its last 58 league games while leading part-time, at Wolves in December 2018.
Foster was all that stood between the Blues and another away-day success how the 36-year-old denied Mount with another superb stop early in the second half.
Pulisic had scored a hat-trick in last weekend's win at Burnley and the US end was back in the record to put the result beyond doubt in the 55th minute.
Abraham was the supplier with a low crossing and Pulisic evaded the sleeping defense of Watford to take advantage from a short distance.
Boos rang out when Daryl Janmaat was replaced by Kiko Femenia how Watford fans barraged boss Quique Sanchez Flores with chants of "you don't know what you're doing".
But Watford received a controversial 80-minute lifeline when VAR ruled that Jorginho had trapped Deulofeu with a trip that caused a theatrical fall from the end.
Deulofeu dusted himself off to place the penalty at home and set a tense end.
Foster, for a free kick in the last second, almost gave Watford a dramatic point, but his header was brilliantly saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga, who was riddled with celebrating his teammates in the final whistle.