Chelsea’s golden era ended on the day they said goodbye at Stamford Bridge.
the most successful and dramatic period in Chelsea’s The 117-year history on the field came to an end amid a pre-season atmosphere for a meaningless match.
Chelsea won Champions League There was nothing left to play in the hot, summer sun before qualifying weeks, while the big questions were settled elsewhere,
After three months of turmoil with Russi Abramovich forced to whip up his beloved Blues and winning 19 major trophies it was unusual for him to end up in such benign conditions.
American Boehli is leading the club’s £4.25bn buyout which is expected to be ratified this week.
On the pitch, Chelsea also said goodbye to leading defender Antonio Rudiger, who is leaving for Real Madrid.
The inspirational German centre-back was considered a standing ovation when he was substituted on 65 minutes.
Watford boss Roy Hodgson is also retiring with his termination after more than 1,000 games in management.
A fact not lost on the traveling fans who clarified their feelings to the former England head coach.
Even referee Mike Dean is calling it a day.
Packing at the end of 22 years as a Premier League referee – was barely blowing his whistle in his last inning.
Chelsea will now undergo a transformation and reboot for a new attack on key trophies and a large part of the squad could go this season with defender Marcos Alonso and captain Cesar Azpilicueta looking to move on.
Abramovich didn’t miss much, but those who alternately started a Premier League game for Chelsea for the first time since 2017 with Brazilian wing back Kennedy, ironically, also against Watford.
His assist prompted Kai Havertz to strike the game’s only goal from close range on 11 minutes.
Dan Gosling equalized with only two minutes for Ross Barkley to restore Chelsea’s lead in injury time when the cross was left unmarked for the head in the cross.
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