Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has recalled star attacker Eden Hazard to the starting lineup for their Premier League encounter against Watford.
Chelsea wing wizard Eden Hazard has been reinstated to the starting XI by manager Maurizio Sarri, after having been left out of the team for the midweek clash against Eintracht Frankfurt. The Belgian superstar replaces Willian in the lineup. Gonzalo Higuain starts in attack ahead of Olivier Giroud, while Pedro has been retained in the side.
Kepa Arrizabalaga starts in goal as expected, while there is just a solitary change in the backline guarding him. Marcos Alonso is back into the team at left-back at the expense of Emerson Palmieri, who did not have the best of games earlier in the week in the UEFA Europa League.
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Cesar Azpilicueta starts at right-back again, while David Luiz and Andreas Christensen team up at the heart of the defence, with Antonio Rudiger ruled out for the season.
N’Golo Kante and Jorginho hold on to their places in the middle of the park for Chelsea, but there is one change as Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who was their best performer against Eintracht, is left out with Sarri seeking to manage his game-time owing to a back problem. Mateo Kovacic starts in his place.