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Chelsea beat Watford

Champions League qualification secured

2019/05/05 23:01
By Playmaker

Chelsea confirmed a top-four finish in the Premier League with a 3-0 victory over Watford at Stamford Bridge.

Second-half headers from Ruben Loftus-Cheek  and David Luiz - both from Eden Hazard crosses - secured three points that for large parts didn't look like coming, before Gonzalo Higuain added a third.

Champions League qualification was eventually secured after Arsenal were held at home by Brighton later in the day.

The result moves Chelsea into third on 71 points, a place and point above Tottenham Hotspur.

Watford are 10th on 50 points.

Maurizio Sarri: "I think in the first half we were tired, mentally. We were in trouble. Then they lowered their intensity. We were lucky to score after two minutes - we improved mentally after first goal. We played very well for 35 minutes then. It's not easy to play after 60 hours. After Europa League away games we've only won one match."

Javi Gracia: "It's a very tough result, we didn't deserve that. We had a good performance in the first half, and dominated the game. But we didn't take the chances, we have to be more clinical and aggressive - in both boxes. In the first half we had the chances and in the second half we didn't defend set-pieces. But losing 3-0, I'm not happy."

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U Sunday, 05 May 2019 - 14:00
Stamford Bridge
Paul Tierney
Loftus-Cheek 48'
David Luiz 51'
Gonzalo Higuaín 75'
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