Hazard is undoubtedly best player in the Prem, Loftus-Cheek is the future and Kovacic needs binning

CHELSEA brushed aside Watford in their final home game of the season to leave their top-four hopes in their own hands.

Goals from Ruben Loftus-Cheek, David Luiz and Gonzalo Higuain moved the Blues above Tottenham into third on 71 points.

Watford were the better side for the opening 45 minutes, but that all changed just three minutes into the second period when Loftus-Cheek opened the scoring.

He came off the bench to replace N'Golo Kante after just eight minutes, the French midfielder picking up a hamstring injury.

That was the only downside to the victory today, as Chelsea look all set for Champions League football next season.

Here, SunSport checks out the good and not so good from the 3-0 victory.

Kepa Arrizabalaga

Spanish keeper has enjoyed a solid first season with the Blues, and pulled off a worldie save with just eight minutes on the clock to deny Troy Deeney.

Chelsea fans will be delighted they have traded Kepa for Thibaut Courtois who has endured a nightmare season at Real Madrid.

Cesar Azpilicueta

Couldn't cross for toffee when getting into the dangerous areas, and took an age to get back.

A long season seems to have caught up with the usually reliable Spaniard.

Andreas Christensen

Bullied about by Deeney from the off, the Dane doesn't look like he is the best of confidence.

Can't think of a time he was first to a header, but with a transfer ban likely, he is likely to get another chance to prove he can cut it at Stamford Bridge.

David Luiz

Guilty of day-dreaming, not for the first time this season.

His partnership at the back with Christensen will have left Deeney and Deulofeu licking their lips, the only surprise was that the goal wasn't breached in the first 45.

But made the headlines at the other end of the pitch by thundering a header home on 50 minutes. Useful as an attacking threat.

Marcos Alonso

Back in favour, the Spaniard was his usual attacking self, but his final ball was a lot poorer than when he was assist king.

Also looked tired – which is surprising considering he hasn't been a regular during the second half of the season.

N'Golo Kanté

French midfielder's season is over after he picked up a hamstring injury after just 10 minutes.

Chelsea fans will be hoping a slumped Kante isn't the last they see with PSG continually linked with him.


Brazilian-born Italian looked leggy – not surprising considering how much his manager has loaded onto him this season.

And most of the time it's not what the fans have wanted.

Mateo Kovacic

Not sure what he brings to the midfield. Seems to get a nosebleed going forward and casual in his tackling heading backwards.

Chelsea fans will be desperate to see the back of him in the summer, but Sarri seems to like him and if the gaffer stays Kovacic could too.


Chelsea's best attacking threat in the first half and five minutes before the break fizzed an effort just wide.

Delivered a delicious ball for Higuain to score his fifth goal for Chelsea – but both could be exiting the Bridge in the summer.

Gonzalo Higuaín

Held up the play well in the first half, and actually made some good runs off the ball.

But the midfield seemed to be on a different page to the Argentinian at times.

Eden Hazard

Muted first half by his standards, but when on the ball he ghosted past Watford opponents with ease.

And the Belgian magician started the second period on fire – his effort at goal was tapped wide, and then he crossed for Loftus-Cheek to head home.

Another assist followed two minutes later for Luiz to head the second. Hazard is priceless.


Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Chelsea fans will have been delighted at seeing one of their favourites introduced into the fray before ten minutes had ticked by.

His roving forward play and physical nature meant Watford had to limit some of their attacking midfield play.

Scored the opener just three minutes into the second half as he headed home Hazard's cross.

Olivier Giroud

Replaced goalscorer Higuain in the 79th minute, how he would have wished to be on the end of Pedro's delicious assist earlier.

It could prove to be Giroud's last Chelsea home game in the Premier League, much to the fans' dismay who are as frustrated as him at lack of game-time.

Gary Cahill

Was given a standing ovation when he was introduced in the 88th minute.

Chelsea's club captain will be leaving at the end of the season in search of regular first-team football.

His last bit of Premier League action at Stamford Bridge was what you would expect – hammering away a header from danger.

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