Watford thrilled with ‘unforgettable‘ win that left Chelsea‘s Antonio Conte scrutinizing his team selection, accepting he chose the wrong team after Tiemoue Bakayoko was dismissed in a 4-1 Premier League demolition at Vicarage Road on Monday.
Bakayoko’s red card – for two bookings within the space five minutes – put the Premier League champions on the back foot, with Troy Deeney converting a penalty to put Watford ahead before the break.
Chelsea inevitably mustered a response on account of Eden Hazard’s awesome finish, but a late whirlwind of goals from Daryl Janmaat, Gerard Deulofeu, and Roberto Pereyra wrapped up Javi Gracia‘s first Hornets win.
Conte’s men were dire in a 3-0 home loss to Bournemouth on Wednesday, however, this performance was as terrible if not more regrettable, leaving the Italian to acknowledge he picked the wrong team.
“To play football in a great club it means you must have a personality because it is simple to play when there is the confidence,” Conte told a post-match press conference.
“Especially in this type of moment, it is simple to see who. In this moment you have to show and have personality“For sure I have to take the responsibility as maybe I made the wrong decision with the starting eleven.
“We played without personality, from the start I didn’t see confidence to play football. Usually, we train and play with confidence and take the risk, but today we started very poor and with fear and this is the worst situation for a coach.”
But the 48-year-old did not hold back in his criticism of a performance that made a mockery of Chelsea’s status as Premier League champions.
“I have a great disappointment, our performance was very bad,” Conte said. “We started poorly without personality, with the fear.
“We are not used to playing this way. We can lose but we always try to play football and be positive. The double yellow card did not change it but the situation became serious. Then there was the penalty and when you go 1-0 down it is difficult to come back with 10 men.
“In the second half, we showed good determination but confusion. You have to manage the situation, to understand it. But in 10 minutes we conceded three goals. In this case, it is right everyone to take the responsibility. Me, the players.”