Chelsea vs. Watford: Winners and Losers from FA Cup Game

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJanuary 4, 2015

Chelsea vs. Watford: Winners and Losers from FA Cup Game

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    Chelsea took care of business in the third round of the FA Cup with a 3-0 win over Watford at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. 

    Willian, Loic Remy and Kurt Zouma scored a goal each in the second half to hand the Blues an easy win in front of the home crowd. 

    The victory also helped Jose Mourinho's side recover from a brutal loss on New Year's Day at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.

    Here's a look at the winners and losers from Chelsea's first FA Cup triumph of the season.

Winner: Petr Cech

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    With one touch of the ball in the 54th minute, Petr Cech woke up the entire Chelsea squad. 

    Cech made a kick save on a shot sent in from Watford's Troy Deeney, which took a deflection off Filipe Luis on its way toward goal. 

    The denial marked the first major involvement in the match for the Chelsea keeper, and it also served as a wake-up call for an attack that was asleep for 54 minutes. 

    Four minutes after Cech's save on Deeney, Willian opened the scoring to deny the possibility of an upset win by the Championship side.

Loser: Andre Schurrle

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    A week after being pulled off at the half against Southampton, Andre Schurrle suffered the same fate against Watford. 

    In his 45 minutes on the pitch, the German displayed little quality and wasted a few attacking chances. 

    With two disappointing performances in a row before action in the January transfer window heats up, one has to think Schurrle might be on his way out of the club. 

    If he doesn't get his act together soon, he will not earn any playing time among the tremendous Chelsea attacking corps.

Winner: Willian

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    It only took Willian 13 minutes to make an impact on the match, as he delivered a brilliant strike from distance in the 58th minute. 

    The Brazilian was given loads of space at the top of the penalty area to power home his shot into the right side of the net. 

    The goal was the first for the midfielder since the November 25 match in the UEFA Champions League against Schalke, in which he earned a goal and an assist. 

    While he has influenced the attack in other ways since his last goal, it was nice for Willian to get back on the scoresheet at the start of a busy January schedule.

    Willian's performance impressed manager Jose Mourinho, who talked to the media after the match, via Chelsea's official website:

    Willian is the kind of player that without scoring goals he gives so much to the team. He creates, he always has a good dynamic. When the team lose the ball he’s probably the first defender because he reacts in a very effective way, he presses immediately and recovers balls. Willian always gives us a performance.

Loser: Watford's Attack

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    Watford were far from prolific in attack for most of the third-round match at Stamford Bridge. 

    The Hornets were outmatched from the start by the hosts, who dominated the possession battle from the opening kick. 

    Other than Deeney's attempt on goal in the 54th minute, the Hornets failed to test Cech in any fashion. 

    While many expected them to be outclassed by the Premier League leaders, few thought the Hornets would pack so small of a punch after scoring four against Cardiff City in their last league match. 

    The lack of an attacking punch will be something to watch for in the coming weeks for Watford, as they must not let it affect their dream of promotion to the top flight.

Winner: Kurt Zouma

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    The man of the match Sunday was young center-back Kurt Zouma, who finished off the scoring with a headed effort in the 72nd minute. 

    Zouma, who replaced John Terry in the starting XI, turned in a Terry-esque performance on both sides of the pitch. 

    The 20-year-old was a menacing presence in the back four, and he made his mark when he roamed forward on the third Chelsea goal. 

    Thanks to his terrific showing against Watford, we should be seeing more of the young defender during the second half of the season.

Winner: Loic Remy

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    Loic Remy made the most of his opportunity in the Chelsea attack by scoring the club's second goal in the 70th minute. 

    The French forward whipped in his first strike since December 3 from the middle of the penalty area to hand the Blues a comfortable two-goal cushion. 

    Remy also showed no signs of fatigue during his first 90-minute shift since the 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace on October 18. 

    With his showing Sunday, Remy proved he can be relied upon as a solid backup to Diego Costa and Didier Drogba, which is a valuable asset to have during a busy month of football. 

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