English Premiership

Mazzarri bemoans Cesc winner

2017-05-16 11:06
Walter Mazzarri.(Getty Images)

Cape Town - Watford manager Walter Mazzarri was disappointed to have lost to Chelsea on Monday night as he claimed their winning goal should not have stood.

The Premier League champions overcame the Hornets 4-3 at Stamford Bridge, where John Terry opened the scoring, ahead of further first half goals from Etienne Capoue and Cesar Azpilicueta.

Michy Batshuayi gave the hosts a 3-1 lead in the second half but Daryl Janmaat and Stefano Okaka levelled matters before a late Cesc Fabregas strike.

After the match, Mazzarri told Sky Sports that there were two fouls in the build-up to the winning goal.

He said: "When a manager loses a game like this, and we lost others as well during the season in this way, they say he is unlucky and tries to find excuses, but you saw how the game went.

"There were two fouls [for the fourth goal]. One on [Tom] Cleverley, and another on [Etienne] Capoue. And we were unfortunate because we could have scored before then with [Valon] Behrami and [Daryl] Janmaat, and these decisions made us lose the game."

Mazzarri added: "The most positive thing is we had 40 points with six games remaining and we came in with many injuries and we managed to get to 40 points.

"In this moment we had five defenders out injured and we played the way we played today. Three of these defenders would be in the starting XI and they have not played for a while.

"If you consider everything that has happened to us, injuries…all these players, even a big team with a big squad like Chelsea the same thing would have happened."

Watford welcome Manchester City to Vicarage Road in their final English Premiership game of the season on Sunday.

Kick off is at 16:00.


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