For long, long, durations on Wednesday, it seemed like being among those nights for Chelsea as they dealt with Watford at Vicarage Road.

A title-chasing powerhouse heads a couple of miles up the roadway to deal with among the department’s strugglers on a bitter winter season’s night and – lo and behold – they get beat; we have actually all seen it in the past, up and down the football pyramid.

Indeed, Antonio Conte’s Chelsea were thumped 4-1 in the exact same component on a Monday night in February 2018.

From minute one Thomas Tuchel’s side appeared predestined to suffer a comparable fate. Watford started the video game like guys had, keeping their visitors penned in with an unrelenting press. It was a technique that practically yielded 2 objectives inside 5 minutes.

First, Joao Pedro saw a low shot predestined for the bottom corner obstructed by Trevoh Chalobah, prior to Edouard Mendy was pushed into a flying conserve to tip the ball around the post after Cesar Azpilicueta accidentally deflected a cross towards his own objective.

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