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Chelsea player ratings: Who stood out in the Blues’ narrow victory over Watford?

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This match no longer meant a lot, but Chelsea will be delighted to have beaten Watford on Monday night to mark the celebration with a positive result.

It was a good atmosphere at Stamford Bridge as the players returned home for the first time as champions.

Antonio Conte made several changes and it was good to see some of the fringe players get a chance in the first-team.

There were seven goals scored during the match, but the Blues just edged it thanks to a late Cesc Fabregas winner.

Here are how they rated on Monday night at Stamford Bridge…

Asmir Begovic – He conceded three goals on the night and didn’t look as convincing as Thibaut Courtois normally does. It is clear that he has suffered without regular first team football and a summer move is required. 5

Kurt Zouma – It was a mixed game for the Frenchman as he was very impressive for portions, with his aerial dominance and assuredness on the ball standing out. However, he made an error on one of the goals and was caught out of position at times. 6

John Terry – The club captain will be delighted to have gotten on the score-sheet for what could be the last time in his Chelsea career. However, he made a poor mistake on the first goal and looked a shadow of the player that he once was. 5

Nathan Ake – He provided a tremendous assist for Michy Batshuayi’s goal and was intelligent on the ball throughout, finishing the match with a 93% pass accuracy. In defence, the 22-year-old was impressive, but he needs to get regular game time again next season. 6

Cesar Azpilicueta – As one of the few regulars in the team, Azpilicueta played his part and helped others around him during the match. He completed seven ball recoveries and offered a threat in attack, scoring the second goal on Monday. 8

N’Golo Kante – The Frenchman was at his aggressive best as he completed an incredible 13 ball recoveries during the match, including ten tackles. He worked hard and didn’t lower his performance in what was a nothing game. 7

Nathaniel Chalobah – It was good to see him get an opportunity in the first team and he did well, offering something in both halves of the pitch. He completed three tackles and made two key passes in the attacking half. Like several others in the team tonight, he needs to find regular first team football next season. 7

Kenedy – He worked hard, but he didn’t manage to stand out as much as some of the other players on the pitch. His passing wasn’t great, as he completed only 64% of his passes, but he worked hard and won three tackles during the match. 5

Willian – The Brazilian was excellent tonight and have Antonio Conte food for thought ahead of the FA Cup final. He caused problems with his set piece delivery and made more key passes than anyone else in the match with seven, including the assist for the winning goal. 8

Eden Hazard – It was a good display from the Belgian as he completed four dribbles and made five key passes. He was a threat all evening, but didn’t shine due to the rest of the attack delivering better performance. 7

Michy Batshuayi – The Belgian scored his second goal in two matches and that is what he does. He scores goals when he gets the chance to play and he will be a great pick-up for a Premier League club next season. Although he doesn’t have a future at Chelsea, he has put himself in the shop window over the last few days. 7

Ola Aina – The youngster was tidy after coming on, but he didn’t really make a big impact on the match. 6

Cesc Fabregas – He came on to score the winning goal to mark what has been a great season for him after starting it in the shadows. 7

Pedro – The Spaniard didn’t have enough time to earn a rating. N/A

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