Diego Costa scored his second winning goal in as many games as Chelsea came from behind to beat a battling Watford side at Vicarage Road. However, for the second game running Costa could consider himself lucky to be on the pitch to secure 3 points for Chelsea.
So who impressed in the second weekend of Premier League football, and who needs to improve?
2 good players:
Fabregas has faced speculation in recent weeks over his future at Stamford Bridge, but proved his quality when it mattered against Watford. Chelsea boss Antonio Conte dropped the Spaniard after he was sent off in pre-season, and the arrival of N’Golo Kante meant Fabregas was an unused substitute in Chelsea’s opening-weekend win over West Ham.
Chelsea were losing when Fabregas entered the action from the bench at Vicarage Road, but his World Cup-winning ability was immediately evident when his pinpoint vision released Costa in the 87th minute to score the winning goal. He now has 26 assists since his Premier League return in 2014, more than any other player.
In 57 previous Premier League games for Tottenham and Watford, Capoue has only scored one goal. Now, he has scored in both of his side’s opening league games. Against Chelsea, the Frenchman showed good control to power an Adlene Guedioura cross past Thibaut Courtois. If Capoue can add goals to his game under new Watford boss Walter Mazzari, he could be an important player for the Hornets this season.
2 bad players:
The man the Premier League loves to hate, Diego Costa played a controversial role once again. Against West Ham, Costa was lucky not to receive a second yellow card for a tackle against Adrian, and the Spaniard could have seen red against Watford.
Costa was booked for dissent following Capoue’s opener, but escaped punishment for a dive ten minutes later. He went down outside the area despite no contact, however referee Jon Moss took no action. Costa then broke free to score Chelsea’s winner, to the annoyance of Watford fans.
Brazilian Gomes has done well to rebuild his Premier League career at Watford, and particularly impressed last season. However, he was suspect for both Chelsea goals, and arguably helped Chelsea on their way to the win.
Gomes could only palm an Eden Hazard shot into the path of £33m forward Michy Batshuayi in the centre of the penalty area for Chelsea’s first goal. Then, Diego Costa was faced with the relatively easy task of poking the ball under Gomes. Ultimately, Gomes allowed Chelsea back into a game that Watford deserved at least a point from.