Chelsea 4-3 Watford Player Ratings: subs shine

Terry celebrates the opener –

Chelsea ended their first match since being named champions with a dramatic 4-3 win over 16th placed Watford – but how did players on both teams rate?


Asmir Begovic – Poor distribution and his opponents did not threaten with the regularity their three goals might suggest. Courtois’ place is safe on this evidence. 2

Kurt Zouma – goes into challenges too quickly, as we saw for Janmaat’s goal. 3
John Terry – one fairy-tale moment showing a glimpse of why he has now scored in 17 straight Chelsea seasons. His defending for the first equalizer though shows why this will be his last. 4
Nathan Aké – carried the ball out well in the first half and had a hand in Batshuayi’s goal. Showed naivety for Watford’s second goal though by allowing Janmaat to shoot on his stronger foot. 4

Cesar Azpilicueta – took his goal well but does not offer enough pace and width to play a wing-back role regularly. 4
N’Golo Kanté – went missing for spells but played one or two excellent forward passes and came alive in the last 10 minutes, stealing the ball in the lead up to the winner. 6
Nathaniel Chalobah – got into a mix-up with Terry for Watford’s first equalizer in a slow start. Improved from then on with some bright runs but didn’t own the midfield for long enough to convince. 5
Kenedy – couldn’t get into the game. His tight-angled shot won the corner that led to the second goal but it was no surprise he was taken off. 4

Willian – Chelsea’s most consistent performer. Lively throughout and unlucky not to score. 9
Eden Hazard – Always got into good positions and improved as the first half went on. Often fouled as usual. 8
Michy Batshuayi – Energetic and in the right place for his goal, yet lacked the hold-up qualities to establish himself as a potential Costa replacement. A little greedy in the final third. 6

Ola Aina (on 75) – looked bright and saw his long-range shot held by Gomes. 6
Cesc Fàbregas (on 79) – changed the game with his wonderful long-range passing and his placed 88th minute winner. 9
Pedro (on 84) – added some pace on the break in the closing moments. 6


Heurelho Gomes – could have done better with Terry’s opener, but made some decent stops in the second half. 5

Adrian Mariappa – did well in the first half, but struggled to deal with Chelsea’s breakaways after the interval. 4
Sebastian Prödl – competed well for much of the game, at least in open play, prior to his injury-time dismissal. 4
Jose Holebas – far too rash, both in terms of challenges and general positioning. A centre-back that attacked with the freedom of a wing-back, leaving gaps that Chelsea threatened to exploit. 2

Nordin Amrabat – at his best he can terrorize a full-back with his pace and power yet we saw none of that. Perhaps his confidence has been affected by injuries, but he looked uncharacteristically hesitant. 3
Tom Cleverley – pressed Zouma effectively in the first half and worked hard all evening, putting in an excellent cross for Okaka’s leveller. 6
Valon Behrami – controlled proceedings early on but struggled to handle the pace of some of Chelsea’s second half attacks. Fired wide from range while Watford were level. 5
Abdoulaye Doucouré – showed his presence in midfield and always had time on the ball. Could have passed with a tad more ambition. 6
Daryl Janmaat – needed to cover Holebas’ runs more shrewdly, but it takes something special to bamboozle several Chelsea players en route to a solo goal. 5

Etienne Capoue – showed good opportunism for his goal, though lacks some of the pace required to play as a second striker. 5
Mbaye Niang – his tendency to drift into wide areas meant Watford did not have a focal point. Should be used as well as a main striker, rather than instead of one. 4

Stefano Okaka (on 71) – looked a threat as soon as he came on. A clever finish the reward for him staying in goalscoring positions. 9
Troy Deeney (on 90+1) – the fact Okaka came on before him may reveal a little about his future. Booked after an unnecessary dispute with the Italian in injury time. N/A