Chelsea's character shines through
Guest fan blog Mon 23 Oct 2017
The sight of Antonio Conte diving head-first into the Chelsea fans sat next to the dugouts to celebrate Cesar Azpilicueta’s goal against Watford was fantastic to view – and the sound of ‘Antonio’ being sung loudly by all four sides of the Bridge was even better.
Saturday afternoon’s game against the Hornets at Stamford Bridge made for an interesting afternoon in the early Premier League kick-off. Marco Silva’s side came into the game having not lost away from home, after all.
We started well, with a sensational 25-yard strike from Pedro firing us in front after just 11 minutes. This was, in fact, Chelsea’s 8000th goal of all time, in all competitions, since the club’s creation in 1905 – and what a hit to mark the occasion! In my opinion, it is a serious contender for goal of the month, if not goal of the season.
As the game progressed, Watford kept up the pressure and equalised just before half-time. Within five minutes of the second-half, the visitors had scored another to put themselves ahead and we found ourselves in a similar situation to the Roma game on the Wednesday evening prior, having again surrendered a lead at home.
We were heading for a third consecutive loss in the league, but a couple of tactical substitutions from the boss turned the game around for the Blues. The introduction of Michy Batshuayi and Willian had an impact almost immediately, both with spirited, energetic displays which allowed Chelsea to get back into the game. Their combined efforts were rewarded with an equaliser from Batshuayi with just 20 minutes or so to go and we now looked revitalised and eager to not finish the match empty-handed.
Stamford Bridge erupted following Cesar Azpilicueta’s 87th minute header, and ‘that’s why we’re Champions’ rang out from the Matthew Harding stand. As mentioned, Conte delved head-first into the Chelsea fans sat next to the dugouts in the East Lower sparking wild celebrations pitchside.
The three points were secured with a second goal from super-sub Batshuayi in added time, as we returned to winning ways. The Belgian has now scored in each of his three Premier League appearances against the Hornets, scoring four goals in total.
For the second time in four days, Chelsea showed grit, spirit and character to come from behind against two in-form sides. This is exactly the kind of attitude we need as we continue the fight to retain our Premier League title.
By Hannah Kurzawski, Chelsea fan