Olivier Giroud, Willian and Ross Barkley struck to sink Watford 3-Zero at Stamford Bridge and restrict Chelsea’s fall from the Premier League’s prime 4 to lower than 5 hours.
France’s World Cup-winning striker Giroud angled a positive effort for his third purpose in 5 Premier League video games, with the 33-year-old displaying renewed sharpness.
Brazil ahead Willian tucked away one other nerveless penalty: his third in as many league matches, after his spot-kicks within the 2-1 win over Manchester Metropolis and Wednesday’s 3-2 loss at West Ham.
Former Everton midfielder Barkley then capped one other industrious efficiency with a wise strike in stoppage time.
Chelsea’s demoralising midweek defeat by the Hammers, coupled with Manchester United thrashing Bournemouth 5-2 on Saturday afternoon had seen the Blues drop out of the league’s prime 4 for the primary time since October.
However Frank Lampard’s males jumped straight again above United to reclaim fourth spot, with a commanding Saturday night time victory in west London.
Lampard had demanded atonement for Wednesday’s shock loss at West Ham, and his targeted Chelsea prices delivered in opposition to an admittedly-limited Watford outfit.
Stamford Bridge has been awash for weeks with speak of a summer time signings revolution, however right here it was the previous guard who got here good for Lampard.
Giroud just lately signed a one-year contract extension, however he’ll face additional competitors subsequent time period within the form of £53million RB Leipzig recruit and prolific Germany hitman Timo Werner.
The 31-year-old Willian continues to carry out for 3 years on a brand new deal, whereas Chelsea solely need to supply him two.
However the 70-cap Brazil star now boasts 11 targets in all competitions this time period, and three in two matches after his brace amid that galling loss at West Ham.
Lampard has made no secret of his want to retain Willian’s providers subsequent time period, and the favored winger has likely once more boosted his probabilities of a brand new Blues contract.
Kepa’s awkward cross left the double-marked Andreas Christensen in sizzling water on the sting of his personal field in an inauspicious begin.
The Dane rode out of hassle effectively sufficient and as soon as the Blues settled they took management.
Christian Pulisic once more matched business with invention, the 21-year-old once more proving important to Chelsea’s attacking rhythm and form.
The USA ahead slipped Giroud in on the within left however the Frenchman couldn’t stretch Ben Foster within the Watford purpose.
Mere minutes later Giroud pounced on the chance to make amends, drilling residence from nearly the identical place.
This time it was Barkley who slid Giroud by means of, with the 33-year-old making no mistake in leaving Foster with no probability.
Watford’s deep double-bank defending regularly invited Chelsea to assault, and as soon as within the lead the Blues moved with extra fluency and luxury.
Pulisic brought on panic within the Hornets’ field, inciting a slipshod problem from Etienne Capoue – and a penalty was the one consequence.
So up stepped Willian, stroking into the online after his now-customary stuttering run-up.
Chelsea continued to dominate after the break, and Willian scythed by means of Watford’s cowl earlier than sending a cute ball by means of for Giroud.
The Blues striker discovered the goal as soon as extra however Foster conjured a stable save.
Willian’s dipping 20-yard drive drew one other good cease from Foster. Kurt Zouma linked effectively from the ensuing nook however his header was straight on the Watford goalkeeper.
Late on Danny Welbeck squandered Watford’s solely actual probability of the night time, with Kepa Arrizabalaga pulling off an excellent save from the striker’s low shot.
Chelsea have been denied a second penalty on the dying, with Christian Kabasele judged to not have felled the marauding Pulisic after a video assistant referee examine.
Simply when the Blues have been anticipating to accept a goalless second-half although, up popped the in-form Barkley with a wise strike to seal the excellent Chelsea win.