Chelsea’s 2018 got even worse last night as they suffered another shock loss, this time at the helm of Watford. You can watch the highlight footage below between Watford and Chelsea and remember to share this article with your mates on Facebook after you watch it.
Things went downhill from just half an hour into the time, when the summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko received a second yellow card and was sent off.
Watford then went ahead after the skipper Troy Deeney scored from the penalty spot in the 42nd minute to give the home team the lead.
Chelsea’s January signing Olivier Giroud made his official debut as he came on during the 64th minute in place of Pedro Rodriguez.
Things started to look bright for Chelsea when Eden Hazard equalized in the 82nd minute with a world class strike, giving the manager Antonio Conte hope that the Blues could push on and win the game.
However, it didn’t last long as Daryl Janmaat scored just two minutes after to give the lead back to the home team.
Gerard Deulofeu, who is currently on loan from Barcelona, and the former Juventus man Roberto Pereyra scored a goal each during the dying moments of the game to make the scoreline 4-1 in favor of Watford.
The result means Chelsea are now just one point away from the fifth place Tottenham Hotspur, and five points away from the sixth place Arsenal.
Speaking after the game, Conte denied that he is worried about being sacked and said “life will go on” even if he ends up getting the boot.
“It’s very difficult for me to transfer my thoughts… I hope that, tonight, for once you understand me,” he said. “I’m not worried about my job. I work every day, and I give 120 percent. OK? If this is enough, it’s OK. Otherwise, the club can take a different decision. But I’m not worried.
“It’s very difficult because, every day and every press conference, you ask me if I’m worried. No. I’m not worried. Tomorrow is another day. I can be the Chelesa coach or not. Which is the problem?
“My soul [conscience] is clear. I go to sleep without a problem that maybe, maybe, I could do this or that. I try to do everything. If it’s not good, the club can make a different decision. Life goes on.
“We played with no personality. From the start, I didn’t see confidence to play football. Usually we train and we play football with confidence. Sometimes we also take risks. Today, our start was very poor. We started with fear. I think this is the worst situation that I can see as a coach.
“To play football in a great club, it means you must have a personality because it’s simple to play when there is the confidence. Especially in this type of moment, you can see who is [ready to play] for a great club. To play with personality and also to risk something.
“In this moment, you have to show you have personality. We have to work, to try to work… but sometimes the work is not enough to change the situation.
“I try to continue. I try to continue to work, to try to improve different aspects of my players. But, today, our performance was very poor.
“For sure, I have to take responsibility. Maybe I made the wrong decision for the starting XI.”
When asked if he still feels he has the support of the Chelsea players, Conte replied: “But do you think that a club can decide to sack a coach if there is not the support of the players?
“I think only here, only here, you think this. You think that the players have this power? Yes? This is wrong. This is wrong. If this happens, OK.
“But, I repeat, in my life when I was a player, I was captain of Juventus and never, ever, did I speak about a coach with my club. And, if the club tried to ask me, this is not my problem.”
Speaking about whether he can get Chelsea to be a winning side again, Conte replied: “I cannot predict the future. Especially after two bad defeats like this. We played against Bournemouth and lost 3-0, and now against Watford and lost 4-1.
“Now it’s very difficult to predict turning the situation into a positive, but I can promise to work to change the situation. But, I repeat, today our performance… the level of our performance was very poor.”
Thibaut Courois also spoke to the media after the shock loss at Vicarage Road, and accused Watford’s Gerard Deulofeu of diving for the penalty.
Deulofeu was taken down in the penalty box by Courtois in the 41st minute, which was given as a penalty by the referee and Deeney converted it successfully.
“Obviously the penalty is a clear dive,” Courtois said when speaking after the match.
“Yesterday [in Liverpool and Tottenham’s 2-2 draw] we saw when the goalkeeper comes out and is late you make yourself small but the striker puts his foot there and it’s a penalty, every time this will happen. He left his foot and dives, it’s not a penalty.
“I think we all know this kind of players it happens everywhere in the world, this type of striker sees the goalkeeper coming for the ball, I make myself as small as possible with my belly on the ground and he manufactures the contact. I’m sorry but I don’t think it’s a penalty.”
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