Antonio Conte hailed the contributions of Davide Zappacosta, Willian and Michy Batshuayi as amazing after Chelsea came from behind to beat Watford 4-2 at Stamford Bridge.
The Premier League champions appeared to be heading for a fourth consecutive game without a win in all competitions when Roberto Pereyra fired the visitors ahead four minutes into the second half.
But a brace from Batshuayi, who replaced Alvaro Morata on the hour mark, and a header from Cesar Azpilicueta ensured Chelsea got back to winning ways and Conte was quick to praise the performance of the Belgium international striker as well as his fellow substitutes Zappacosta and Willian.
‘Amazing,’ said Conte of his three replacements who changed the course of the game.
‘Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. Every coach during a game it is important to understand the situation to change.
‘I am pleased for Michy, he scored two goals but his impact during the game was amazing. That was the same for Willian and Zappa. I was pleased for the performance of the players that changed the game.
‘When you play three games in a row and it is the same players you have to make an important decision. Sometimes it works or doesn’t. Today I was lucky.’
Chelsea news: Tiemoue Bakayoko has two better attributes than Nemanja Matic – Alan Pardew
CHELSEA star Tiemoue Bakayoko has more energy and is more powerful than the man he replaced at Stamford Bridge, Nemanja Matic.
Those are the thoughts of former Premier League boss and Sky Sports pundit Alan Pardew.
Matic was surprisingly allowed to leave Chelsea for Manchester United in the summer, despite helping the Blues win two titles in three years.
Bakayoko arrived from Monaco for £40million and has been an instant hit with Blues fans.
But Pardew says there are some aspects in his game he needs to work on defensively.
“They are different,” Pardew said of Bakayoko and Manchester United star Matic.
“The difference is Bakayoko has got more energy and more power than Matic.
“But what he hasn’t got is the ability to kind of read the situations.
“In these areas here he’s powerful, and when he’s running with the ball he scares you as a midfield player.
“He has this ability to get out of situations.
“But it’s just his reading of the game, particularly today, whether he will be as controlled as Matic, filling in when the back three gets split.
“But in these areas, this is why the Chelsea fans love him, he’s just got this energy and a way with the ball that makes him very, very important to how they play.
“This header last week (against Crystal Palace) was really impressive, a midfield player, that’s a centre-half header.
“That’s a big leap and a great finish.”