The Blues beats Watford at Stanford Bridge to secured 3rd place on the EPL table. The win and the secured success were as a result of the draw game played by the Gunners against Brighton. The Blues are now guaranteed a top-four finishes in the Premier League.
The first half which was very quiet, Chelsea scored twice within three minutes early in the second period through headers by Ruben Loftus-Cheek and David Luiz.
Gonzalo Higuain got his fifth goal for the club to seal the points. The pass came from Pedro with to Gonazalo.
The win moves Chelsea up to third, one point ahead of Tottenham and four points clear of the fifth-placed Gunners.
Watford which are FA Cup finalists started brightly, going close through Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu, but were left to rue their slow start to the second half that saw Chelsea quickly took the game away from them.
The Hornets, who stay 10th, have now won just one of their past five Premier League games since their FA Cup semi-final victory over Wolves last month.
Chelsea’s Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt is finely poised at 1-1 after the first leg, but Maurizio Sarri could not afford to rest players as he looked to maintain their push for a top-four finish.
The Chelsea boss says that he wants to treat all his remaining games “with the same importance”.
It is a delicate balancing act for the Italian, who said he left Eden Hazard out of the starting line-up in Frankfurt on Thursday to keep him fresh for their bid to qualify for the Champions League.
Despite the presence of the influential Belgian against Watford, Chelsea began the game sluggishly, with their only shot in target in the first half a chip from Jorginho that was awkwardly palmed away by Ben Foster.
Chelsea also suffered a blow early on when N’Golo Kante was forced off through injury and had to be replaced by Loftus-Cheek.
There was a smattering of boos from the home fans at the half-time whistle because of the poor performance recorded at the half play. But whatever Sarri said at the break had the desired effect as his side scored two quick-fire goals to take command of the game.
Hazard was the architect of both, his searching cross from the right following a short corner finding the head of Loftus-Cheek, who headed home his ninth goal of the season. Three minutes later, Hazard’s corner found the unmarked Luiz, who powered another header past Foster.