- Chelsea were not at their best during their trip to Vicarage Road as they struggled to against the Hornets
- Mason Mount scored the opener before the half-hour mark before Emmanuel Dennis equalised for the hosts
- Hakim Ziyech netted the winner with 18 minutes remaining on the clock to keep the Blues top of the table
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted the Blues were lucky to secure victory against Watford during their trip to Vicarage Road on the night of Wednesday, December 1.
The west Londoners were not at their best during the encounter as they struggled to break a stubborn Watford side who were unfortunate not to pick at least a point.
Tuchel's charges had Hakim Ziyech to thank for their 2-1 hard-fought victory, with the Moroccan striking deep in the second half to earn his side three vital points.
The match was marked with confusion in its early exchanges following a medical emergency in the stands after a fan suffered a heart attack.
The referee had no choice but to suspend the meeting momentarily as the medical team on site administered care on the fan.
But upon the resumption of action, the visitors took the lead before the half-hour mark through Mason Mount who fired home with a clinical finish.
However, Chelsea's lead was short-lived as the home side restored parity two minutes before the break via Dennis Emmanuel.
Ziyech went on to score the match-winner with a stunner but only after his side had struggled.
Speaking in his post-match conference, Tuchel conceded his side was lucky to see off the match, shouldering the blame for "not finding the right approach."
"We stole three points. We don't have to talk around it. For the first time it feels like a lucky win," Daily Mail quoted Tuchel saying.
"That's not us. We were absolutely not ready today for this match. I missed maybe to find the right approach to make my team ready," he added.
The win, nonetheless, saw Chelsea retain their place at the top of the standings with 33 points, just one ahead of Man City who stunned Aston Villa in their own fixture.
Liverpool hammer Everton
Earlier, TUKO.co.ke reported Mohammed Salah continued his incredible goal-scoring form as he scored twice in Liverpool’s emphatic win over Everton in the Merseyside derby on Wednesday, December 1.
The Reds proved too strong for Rafa Benitez, whose Everton side have now gone eight Premier League games without a win.
It was Jordan Henderson who opened the scoring after nine minutes with a composed finish before Mohammed Salah gave his side a two-goal cushion 10 minutes later.