No Mercy! Champions Chelsea defeat Watford in 7-goal thriller

Rosalie Stanley
May 16, 2017

Blues skipper John Terry, who will leave the club at the end of the season, scored the opener in his 716th game for Chelsea.

Blundering to gift an equalizer less than two minutes later.

Chelsea added to their lead in the 49th minute when Nathan Ake laid it onto a plate for Michy Batshuayi to tap-in from inside six yards as they sought to win their 29th league game of their title-winning season.

Terry grimaced, knowing he might have given up his last chance of an unblemished farewell although Chelsea ended up winning the roller-coaster game thanks to a late victor by Cesc Fabregas.

"I know I said I wanted to play regular football while I can but I've still not ruled out Sunday being my last game and retiring from football".

If Chelsea win this match then they'll reach 48 points at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League this season; exactly double the tally that they won in the whole of 2015-16 there (24).

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has named Cesar Azpilicueta a model footballer, insisting that the Spaniard's professionalism is such that he would gladly pull on gloves and play in goal for the club if he were asked.

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If that game gave the team belief in the system, the match that assured everyone else that Chelsea were on course to claim the title was their 3-1 victory at Manchester City in December - a match in which Willian also scored what proved the victor. After Willian floated a corner into the penalty area, the ball fell to Terry and he nudged it over the line with a scuffed shot for his 67th Chelsea goal.

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'Forget the fact that you might be able to get somebody who scored the goals he scored, which is a challenge in itself, but to replace that personality, that fire, [will be hard]'.

"Diego, for me, is the best striker in the world." said Conte, speaking to The Times.

But Fabregas's entrance dynamised Chelsea and after he had twice been denied by Gomes, he settled the game, sweeping Willian's cut-back into the bottom-left corner from the edge of the box.

"When you arrive at this moment and your heart, your head and your body tell you continue to play, because you want to play, it's right".

The seven-goal-game finally came to its close and the fireworks were launched to the skies as Chelsea had secured their 13th victory in their last 15 games.

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