Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that he was worried over his side’s FA Cup display in their clash with Championship side Watford on Sunday.
The Blues ultimately won the tie 3-0, but Watford were excellent in the first half, and there were genuine fears that the Hornets could spring a cup upset at the home of the league leaders.
Mourinho was therefore forced to throw Diego Costa on at half time, using his key striker, who has played a lot of football already this season, to ensure that a victory was earned and that his side progressed to the fourth round of England’s most prestigious cup competition.
After half time, goals from Willian, Loic Remy and Kurt Zouma ultimately ensured that the Stamford Bridge club won the game.
Willian was also an introduction from the bench, showing the extent to which Mourinho was concerned about the potential slip that Watford presented to his team.
He said: “I was worried at half-time. The game was always under control but we were not strong enough in our attacking dynamic to score.
“And in these matches when you don’t score you have that risk.”