Antonio Conte kicked off his Premier League adventure with a vital 3 points against a tough West Ham United side. Now they travel to Watford, a team also under new management and one that is playing in the hipster formation of this generation: 3-5-2. Conte will have to be at his tactical best to unlock this Watford side at home. Here are three key battles his players will need to win to come out on top.
1 – Nordin Amrabat vs. Eden Hazard
The Premier League has missed the magic of Eden Hazard. Last season he epitomised Chelsea, a player with so much talent that delivered so infrequently. The club are now heading in a new direction under the stewardship of Antonio Conte and under the Italian, Hazard has already made an instant impact. He scored against West Ham but that was just a penalty, what was really impressive was his overall performance. The Belgian was perfect in his attacking performance, completing 7 dribbles. Although Watford play with a back three naturally, against teams like Chelsea they are likely to play with 5 defenders, with the likes of Amrabat required to drop deeper to combat the threat of players like Hazard. Eden is so good that Amrabat will need to double up on him with the right centre back on the day to ensure Hazard’s effectiveness is restricted as much as possible. If they fail to contain Hazard this result is only going one way. Amrabat is more naturally an attacking player so he will need to go against his attacking instincts in this game to benefit the team.