Chelsea are a step closer to Champions League football again as they see off Watford 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Goals from Lofus-Cheek, David Luiz and Gonzalo Higuain secured Chelsea the no. 3 spot on the table after Tottenham’s 1-0 loss to Bournemouth.
Eden Hazard assisted goals for Kante’s replacement Loftus-Cheek and David Luiz in the space of three second-half minutes, before Gonzalo Higuain rounded off the scoring as Chelsea edged closer to a top-four finish.
Watford started on the front foot and Troy Deeney had a header pushed onto the post by Kepa Arrizabalaga in the eighth minute, while Kante’s injury gave the Blues more cause for concern.
Chelsea were obviously a different side after the first-half and moved ahead in the 48th minute when Hazard picked out Loftus-Cheek to head home.
David Luiz breezed passed Adrian Mariappa to head in another Hazard delivery which rendered Ben Foster useless as the Blues turned the game on its head.
Foster produced a pair of strong saves to keep Pedro and Higuain at bay, but he was helpless when the duo combined and the on-loan Juventus striker dinked in a fine finish.
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