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The Premier League holder arrived at Vicarage Road on Monday just days after a shocking home defeat to Bournemouth put Antonio Conte’s Chelsea tenure in question.

Conte’s west London stay is now under serious threat after 10-man Chelsea was on the wrong side of a comprehensive 4-1 loss to Watford.

Eden Hazard‘s curling gem cancelled out Troy Deeney‘s first-half penalty, giving the Blues life with eight minutes to play, but the Hornets were the better side, with Daryl Janmaat and Gerard Deulofeushredding a lifeless Chelsea backline to score twice in a four-minute window to secure the result.

Roberto Pereyra poured salt in Chelsea’s gaping wounds with a fourth in the 92nd minute when the former Juventus man’s diagonal run got the better of a flat-footed Cesar Azpilicueta.

Javi Gracia’s first Watford victory may very well have coincided with Conte’s last match in charge of Chelsea after Tiemoue Bakayoko‘s disastrous 30-minute run-out saw the Frenchman sent off for collecting two yellow cards. That put the visitor behind the eight ball, and the Blues’ once-stingy defence has now conceded seven goals in their last two matches.

Richarlison and Deulofeu were dazzling in support of Deeney in attack, and the towering midfield tandem of Abdoulaye Doucoure and Etienne Capouedominated the middle of the park.

With the defeat, Chelsea blew an opportunity to vault Liverpool for third place, while Watford stays in 11th, now just one point adrift of Everton and the top half of the table.