Watford 4 – Chelsea 1
It’s Wednesday, yet the fallout is still unfolding following Watford’s 4-1 win over Chelsea on Monday night.
Chelsea have now lost three of their last four matches in all competitions.
Looking at Chelsea’s stats from a different angle, it’s also true that the Blues only have two wins in their last ten games.
Against Watford, the Blues were beaten are they conceded three late goals. Strikes from Daryl Janmaat, Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra earned Javi Gracia his first win at the Hornets.
Why Marcos Alonso missed the Watford game
One of the big shocks for Chelsea at Watford was the complete absence of Marcos Alonso from Antonio Conte’s XI.
Alonso has been an ever present for Chelsea this term. And fans were given no indication in the build up to the Watford game that Alonso was a doubt.
On Monday night, reports claimed that the Spanish wing-back was left out the squad as a precautionary measure.
However, the Times have fleshed out the story on Wednesday with some potentially alarming news. Readers are told:
Marcos Alonso was rested at Vicarage Road for fear of inflaming a minor hamstring problem, which would be the ninth such injury sustained by a Chelsea player this season.
Chelsea’s hamstring problems
News that Alonso is struggling with his hamstring will worry Chelsea fans.
Ross Barkley also missed the Watford game with a hamstring problem. While so many Chelsea stars have been hit with the same injury this term.
Andreas Christensen, Alvaro Morata, Victor Moses, N’Golo Kante, Gary Cahill, Cesc Fabregas and Willian have all have hamstring injuries this season.
What’s going on?
Critics of Antonio Conte claim the Italian’s training regime is a cause for the hamstring problems at Stamford Bridge.