Monday, 23 October 2017

Batshuayi reveals what Antonio Conte said to him before Chelsea’s 4-2 comeback against Watford


Michy Batshuayi has revealed that he received minimal instructions from Antonio Conte before he came on as a substitute in Chelsea’s win over Watford on Saturday.

Pedro gave the Premier League champions an early lead but Watford pulled level just before the half-time whistle through Abdoulaye Doucoure.

Roberto Pereyra then put Watford ahead shortly after the restart and Chelsea appeared on the brink of a third consecutive defeat in the league.

But the introduction of Batshuayi proved pivotal as the Belgian scored either side of Cesar Azpilicueta’s effort to secure a 4-2 win.

Asked what Conte told him before he replaced Alvaro Morata in the 61st minute, Batshuayi told Sky Sports: ‘Nothing. ‘Only to protect every ball, fight, good spirit, only this.’

Batshuayi has only played 185 minutes in the Premier League this season and the Belgian admits he is unhappy with his lack of playing time. ‘It’s a difficult moment for me,’ he said.

‘I stayed focused in training every day and today I did my job for the team. That’s it. ‘Today was good, coming on the pitch and and do my job.’

Cesar Azpilicueta hails Chelsea spirit

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has said that his side’s come-from-behind victory over Watford this afternoon demonstrated their fighting “spirit”.

The Blues had found themselves 2-1 down against the Hornets at Stamford Bridge thanks to Roberto Pereyra’s goal just after the break, but Michy Batshuayi levelled the scores with just under 20 minutes left on the clock.

Azpilicueta then put the hosts back ahead with three minutes of normal time remaining, Batshuayi then making sure of the three points deep into stoppage time.

The result ended a run of three games without a win in all competitions and, while admitting that it was not Chelsea’s finest ever victory, Azpilicueta stressed the importance of regaining a winning feeling.

“We left it very late and we all had to dig in until the last minute – we showed our spirit,” he told Sky Sports News after the final whistle. “It wasn’t our best win but it was important to get back to winning ways.

“We started really well and had chances to score a second but then conceded with the last kick of the first half. The confidence is a bit low and that didn’t help us. But we didn’t give up and it was a big win for us.

“We went three games without winning and we have had difficult games so it was important to get back in the Premier League to winning ways.

“We know it is a long season and we will have ups and downs, we have had a difficult period and this is the first step.”

The result saw Chelsea move six points behind leaders Manchester City ahead of the Citizens’ encounter with Burnley this afternoon.

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