The fact that Antonio Conte threw on John Terry, Eden Hazard and Oscar with around twenty minutes to go in the game gives you an indication of how this one turned out. It was good in spells but pretty average really.
You would expect (on paper) Chelsea to have walked this one with the players we had starting the game and that's no way being disrespectful to our visitors.
Victor Moses is someone who has done more than enough here every summer in pre-season to be given a chance in our first team, or at least the chance to be in the squad for a season. Now, under Antonio Conte he has been handed that opportunity,
Every year for the last three, Moses 25, has been one of the best and most consistent players throughout the course of each pre-season campaign but to then find himself discarded and asked to pack his bags and play for someone else for a year.
Forgotten Man Loic Remy, according to reports, is about to sign for Crystal Palace on a season-long loan arrangement with an option to sign him for £10.3m. The Chelsea nightmare is nearly over for the Frenchman.
I say it's been a nightmare for him and you have to admit of late it has been.
Thibaut Courtois has hailed Antonio Conte's gruelling pre-season this summer as the reason for Chelsea's two Premier League victories so far this season against West Ham and Watford. Both won by late goals.
All we heard last season was that Chelsea "looked off the pace", "sluggish" and "a yard off everyone else" after Jose Mourinho made the decision to start our pre-season two weeks behind our rivals.
Round 2!? I hear you say. Yes, this is what happens when you are Chelsea and you fail at life for nine consecutive months. But it's done now so lets just enjoy the ride...
The others: Not a lot going on elsewhere since our last match, Super Sunday might have been overstating the potential entertainment value a bit.
Chelsea take on Bristol Rovers tomorrow night in the Football League Cup Second Round and I just wonder how many changes will/should Antonio Conte make for this one? If you ask me it should be at least NINE!
I think we can all agree that the Premier League is the priority this season with the cups being an added bonus.
For the second game running Antonio Conte has influenced the outcome with his tactical substitutions as Chelsea came fighting back from a goal down to beat Watford 2-1.
It was a massive result for Chelsea on Saturday at Vicarage Road and important that we continue to build on the good start we had made against West Ham.
Home from the north (heading up for twenty minutes from Euston definitely qualifies) with three points, despite the best efforts of a naff referee and most of Watford's players to kill several of our players.
The others: I'd be doing us all a disservice if I didn't start with Lolerpool, who managed to lose to Burnley despite having 81% possession.
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Up next for Chelsea and Antonio Conte is the short trip across to Watford to take on the Hornets on Saturday afternoon and it's another big game for Chelsea. After a good start against West Ham, it's important we follow up with a better performance in this one if we are to walk away with another victory.
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Alex spends most of her time stuck in musty old photos and letters helping to make sure that people don't forget about the First World War. She gets let out for football and spends several hours harassing people to buy magazines before riding the emotional rollercoaster that is being a Chelsea fan.
After a disastrous season last season Chelsea are looking to regain a lot of ground and prove many people wrong this season. The squad finished 10th last season, and are looking to challenge for the EPL title. With a new manager, in the form of Italy's Euro Manager Antonio Conte, and a few players flying in to join the club it is going to be an exciting season to say the least.
Diego Costa has been the subject of debate in recent days after scoring the winner against West Ham on Monday night with many people of the opinion that he deserved to be sent off. The player himself feels he is being victimised.
We all all aware of the new ruling about back to Referees.