Glenn Hoddle reacts to Chelsea’s goalless draw at Watford

Glenn Hoddle discusses Chelsea's goalless draw with Watford at Vicarage Road on Wednesday night

Glenn Hoddle felt that Chelsea did not get out of “third gear” as they were held to a goalless draw by Watford at Vicarage Road on Wednesday night.

Diego Costa had a first-half shot deflected just wide for the Blues, while Etienne Capoue’s fierce drive was kept out by Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Heurelho Gomes’s superb one-handed save from Costa’s header denied Chelsea victory late on.

The point moved the Blues up to 13th place in the Premier League table and left them 16 points adrift of the top four heading into the final 14 games of the season.

Former England manager Hoddle felt that it was a largely lacklustre display from the Blues at Vicarage Road as they were forced to settle for a point.

Speaking on BT Sport after the final whistle, Hoddle said: “Watford in the first half gave it everything. Chelsea weren’t at their very best. I think they were in third gear, if that.”

He continued: “They [Chelsea] looked comfortable in the second half and they looked like the team who would create something.

“At the moment, they’re not going for the league. If they were, they’d be much more adventurous.

“They’re now sitting in that no man’s land – they’re not going down, they’re not going to get into Europe so they’ve got other things in their mind – and they played a bit like that.”

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Chelsea’s next game is a crunch clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

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