05-Feb-2018 09:59:52 | The Guardian
It all went wrong for the Hornets at Stamford Bridge and the reverse fixture forces them to relive that pivotal time
The reunion with Chelsea on Monday will probably prompt some short‑term nostalgia at Watford. The last time they met, after all, represented – at least for an hour – probably the apogee of the club’s Premier League project, and for all the drama of their league season so far it is possible to pick out a single moment within this single match at which they were at their brightest and best and after which life has never quite been the same.
At Stamford Bridge in October Watford led 2-1, missed a ludicrously straightforward chance to lead 3-1 and generally outplayed their hosts for much of the game. They were a team bursting with attacking threat in the early days of Marco Silva’s leadership, a more convincing and certainly more compelling side than those produced in the club’s two preceding top-flight seasons by Quique Sánchez Flores and Walter Mazzarri.
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