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Pressure mounts on Conte after Chelsea thrashed by Watford

If noise surrounding Antonio Conte's future wasn't loud following a 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth at home last week, then it certainly will be after Chelsea lost 4-1 to Watford at Vicarage Road on Monday night.

Tiemoue Bakayoko capped off an insipid start to the game when he received two yellow cards in the space of five minutes, debilitating his teammates by leaving them a man down with just 30 minutes played.

It went from bad to worse for Conte's men when Troy Deeney converted from the penalty spot three minutes before half-time.

Deeney was handed the opportunity after Thibaut Courtois fouled Gerard Deulofeu in the box.

New signing Olivier Giroud made his debut when he replaced Pedro with just over 25 minutes to play.

But it was Eden Hazard who produced a moment of magic to bring Chelsea back into the game.

The Belgian superstar opened up space for himself 25 yards from goal before bending a superb strike past Orestis Karnezis.

The scoreline lasted just two minutes before the Hornets produced an avalanche to seal an unexpected victory.

First it was Daryl Janmaat, who finished off a one-two with Roberto Pereyra before squeezing the ball past Courtois.

Then it was time for Deulofeu to get in on the act. The Barcelona loanee was allowed to drive into the Chelsea penalty box and clip home his first Premier League goal in 770 days.

Pereyra put the game to bed and compounded Chelsea's horror night with a sublime strike in stoppage-time.

The loss means Chelsea missed the chance to replace Liverpool in third place on the table. There is now just one point separating them from Tottenham and five points from sixth-placed Arsenal.

Meanwhile, Javi Gracia's men give themselves some breathing room in the relegation battle as they solidify 11th place with 30 points, three ahead of West Ham United.

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