Chelsea defeat Watford to return to Champions League spot
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says his team will have to get used to added pressure during a nervy Premier League run-in after they beat Watford on Saturday.
Manchester United had leapfrogged the Blues – who lost 3-2 at West Ham on Wednesday
– into fourth place by thrashing Bournemouth earlier in the day.
However, Lampard’s side responded with a comfortable win over the struggling Hornets.
They reclaim the final automatic qualification spot for next season’s Champions League.
Olivier Giroud opened the scoring for the Blues, latching on to Ross Barkley’s clever pass and steering a left-foot shot into the bottom-right corner.
While Watford worked hard to contain the hosts, they offered little to suggest they were capable of a first win at Stamford Bridge since 1986.
And they fell further behind before the break, with Etienne Capoue’s rash challenge on Christian Pulisic resulting in a Chelsea penalty that Willian converted.
Thereafter it was relatively plain sailing for Lampard’s side, who rounded off the scoring when Barkley found the top left corner from Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross.
The Blues have now won three of their four games since the top flight resumed in June.
“Pre-West Ham, we could have gone third and we let ourselves down,” Lampard told Sky Sports.
“Today, there was a bit of pressure to get back to fourth and we produced –
so get used to that pressure,
whatever way it looks, because it’s going to be tough all the way through.”
Nigel Pearson’s Watford remains a point above the relegation zone but has played a game more than Aston Villa,
Aston will travel to champions Liverpool on Today (16:30 BST).
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