Chelsea were humbled in a 4-1 defeat away to Watford at Vicarage Road on Monday night.
Tiemoue Bakayoko was sent off for a second booking in the first half of the the Premier League clash, reducing the visitors to ten men.
Barcelona loanee Gerard Deulofeu inspired the hosts to a huge win, scoring the third goal in the rout.
Troy Deeney converted from the spot after the Spaniard won a penalty before Eden Hazard equalised with less than 10 minutes to play.
However, Watford rallied with Daryl Janmaat, Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra finding the back of the net.
Here, we rate the Chelsea players.
THIBAUT COURTOIS: Commanded his box and dealt with Watford’s aerial threat but was beaten for pace by Deulofeu and conceded the penalty. Well beaten for the following three goals. 4
CESAR AZPILICUETA: Had his hands full with Richarlison causing all sorts of problems but more or less kept pace with the Brazilian. The mayhem came down the other side of defence though. 4
GARY CAHILL: Couldn’t keep up with Deulofeu and was beaten over and over again. Did make a couple of decent blocks and interceptions though. Janmaat got away from him and scored too easily before Deulofeu did the same. 2
DAVID LUIZ: Struggled against Deulofeu as well and had the ball stolen off him by Troy Deeney from which Richarlison fired just wide. Booked for a reckless challenge. 3
VICTOR MOSES: Provided plenty of width down the right and tracked back well but his final ball was lacking. 4
TIEMOUE BAKAYOKO: A loose back-pass early on could’ve proved costly if Deulofeu managed a better touch. Lost possession to Abdoulaye Doucoure soon after that led to another chance for the Spaniard. Consistently lost the ball and two yellows for late challenges saw him sent off in the 31st minute. Nightmare display. 1
N’GOLO KANTE: Was average at best. Made a few tackles and interceptions but was matched for legs in midfield by Doucoure and Etienne Capoue while Watford’s best forays forward were around him down the sides. 5
PEDRO: Should really have done better with an effort early on but blazed it over the bar. Gave the ball away too often and was replaced in the 63rd minute. 4
DAVIDE ZAPPACOSTA: Didn’t look at ease on the left side, failing to provide width down that flank. Managed zero crosses and wasn’t able to help Cahill deal with Deulofeu. 3
EDEN HAZARD: Did create Chelsea’s best chance with Cesc Fabregas’ strike straight at the keeper with 10 minutes to go. Had few touches in the game but equalised his side with a glorious effort from range. Good knock down for Giroud late on. 6
WILLIAN: Had a wayward shot volley early on and was sacrificed for a central midfielder when Bakayoko was sent off. 4
CESC FABREGAS (for Willian 33′): Was overrun in midfield. Had one good chance where he fired straight at the keeper. Couldn’t find his rhythm with his passing. 4
OLIVIER GIROUD (for Pedro 64′): Made an impact when he came on and went close with a late effort but the game was already gone. 5
Confusion reigned on the sidelines at Anfield on Sunday night with the final advice to give the first Tottenham penalty against Liverpool apparently provided by Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen.
In an astonishing four way conversation between referee Jon Moss, linesman Eddie Smart, Liverpool captain Emre Can and Eriksen, the two officials repeatedly said “I don’t know” to the question if Dejan Lovren had touched Dele Alli’s through ball to Harry Kane, thus putting the Spurs playmaker onside.
Neither Moss or Smart have the answer. Moss even admits he has “no idea.”
Eriksen then interjects that Lovren did touch the ball. Moss then asks fourth official Martin Atkinson to check the TV on the sideline – a move he later admitted was wrong to call for.
Moss then decides to award the penalty.
Without input from Atkinson or new information from Smart it may well have been Eriksen’s input that made him point to the spot.
Here is the transcript of the conversation:
Smart: “All I need to know, did Lovren touch the ball?”
Moss: “I don’t know.”
Smart: “If he’s not touched the ball, it is offside, so you’re chalking off the penalty. It has to be offside if Lovren has not touched the ball.”
Christian Eriksen: “He did touch the ball.”
Emre Can: “He didn’t touch the ball.”
Moss (TO SMART): “Just talk to me again.”
Smart: “You know what I’m asking; I need to clarify, has Lovren touched the ball?
“If he has, it’s a deliberate action and, therefore, it’s a penalty. If he has not, it is offside.”
Moss: “I have no idea whether Lovren touched the ball to be honest with you.
Martin, have you got anything from TV? I’m giving the penalty.”
Moss then pointed to the spot send Liverpool players and fans into meltdown.
Understandably Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was fuming after the game and accused match officials for wanting to be centre of attention.
“Did you ever hear? I am not allowed to go in their room until half an hour after,” he raged.
“It was clear offside, unbelievable, I don’t know what they were discussing.”
In one of the year’s most incident filled encounters Tottenham went on to snatch a draw thanks to another controversial penalty after Virgil van Dijk was adjudged to have kicked Erik Lamela from behind.
But a statement from Professional Game Match Officials Limited has otherwise backed Moss’ handling of the incident which saw Harry Kane fouled by Loris Karius. Referee Moss consulted with his assistant Eddie Smart to clarify whether Kane was offside as the ball came through to him before eventually awarding the spot-kick.
The statement read: “Jon Moss was in a good position to see that a Liverpool player deliberately played the ball before it fell to Harry Kane. He then correctly judged that Kane was fouled by Lorius Karius.
“Eddie Smart correctly sought clarification on whether Dejan Lovren had deliberately played the ball. His question created some momentary confusion when Eddie asked if ‘Lovren’ had touched the ball. Moss knew a Liverpool player had touched the ball but not that it was Lovren.
“He then asked a question to his fourth official Martin Atkinson and acknowledges that referencing ‘TV’ was misguided.
Atkinson did not reply to the question and so had no involvement in the decision. Having properly reflected on the questions asked, Jon knew that a Liverpool player, now identified as Lovren, had played the ball and that no offside offence had occurred. He then awarded the penalty.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Atkinson did not view a television monitor and did not relay any information to the on-field officials.”