Watford and Chelsea have provided us with some good games in the past, but this, unfortunately, was not one of them.
The Hornets added another point to their tally whilst Chelsea will see it as two dropped and missed out on the opportunity to jump up to 11th in the table. Chelsea’s performance was not quite as bad as the Mourinho days, but the Blues looked short of ideas going forwards during the first half and, as ever, seemed like none of their players were going to take anyone on until Eden Hazard came on.
Watford, as we have come to expect, provided an excellent work ethic throughout and had a permanent threat of their two powerful front men that kept the Chelsea defence on their toes. Ighalo against Costa was always going to be the deciding point of the match and neither striker could put in a performance with enough quality to scrape their side through to the three points.
Oddly, both clubs will remain hopeful reaching the Europa League positions and Chelsea fans can at least be quietly pleased to remain unbeaten.
Here are the FIVE things we learnt from the bore draw..
Controversy surrounded Diego Costa once more and, by anyone’s book, the Spaniard should have seen red during the first half.
If Mike Dean was less interested in his time on camera and more focused on making the right decisions, Costa would’ve been sent for another early bath and taken his first red card of his Chelsea career.
Chelsea’s oil-rich rivals have just secured Pep Guardiola for the next three years, but the Blues are currently in the hands of a manager with a hugely contrasting philosophy.
Hiddink, although a good manager, is opting for safety first as he aims to bring Chelsea’s season back to a respectful finish. Mikel and Matic both featuring is usually reserved for playing away against Europe’s best, but opting for this and Hazard on the bench against Watford did no favours for the side going forward.
His form hasn’t been quite as dazzling of late, but the Nigerian centre forward proved he can take on the muscle of Zouma and the experience of Terry this evening.
Odion Ighalo will be a wanted man in the summer and Watford will do well to keep hold of him.
Big Kurt Zouma is the Chelsea centre-back with the most certainty over his place at the moment and the defender is coming on leaps and bounds this season.
Learning from John Terry has clearly helped the Frenchman a great deal and he continues to impress as he dealt with the threat of both Deeney and Ighalo.
Half of Europe’s highest profile managers have been linked with the vacant managerial post at Chelsea, but this performance was another sign of how big a challenge they face.
Despite the obvious talent throughout the squad, making this defence solid or this attack potent is going to take a huge amount of investment and a change in approach. Chelsea are unlikely to be challenging for the title again next season, so it will need to be a manager with a project in mind.