Tiemoue Bakayoko’s early red card reduced Chelsea to 10 men after just half an hour and they never recovered from that setback. Troy Deeney put Watford ahead from the spot before half-time, and despite Eden Hazard pulling one back, Watford could not be stopped.
Daryl Janmaat, Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra all found the net in the final 10 minutes to see Conte suffer a second big defeat in a row.
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The loss means Chelsea now sit just one point above fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur in the battle for a Champions League spot, though they are just one point back of third-place Liverpool.
Conte has been vocal about his desire to remain, but the club has yet to deny the rumours suggesting he is on the hot seat, and this performance is unlikely to lessen the heat on the former Juventus and Italy boss.
Supporters on Twitter were quick to voice their displeasure at the Blues boss, who has underperformed this season despite leading the side to the Premier League last year.
Breaking news: "Chelsea FC have sacked head coach Antonio Conte after a run of poor results the club confirmed on their website"
This is the news I want to wake up to tomorrow. #CFC
— Niza (@TheGrandMaestor) February 5, 2018
When you remember who the owner of Chelsea is, then you get scared for Antonio Conte. 😢
— Okon 'Ediye' Nya (@iamOkon) February 5, 2018
2015-16 vibes. The death of Antonio conte. I can sense it, smell it, taste it. I want to snort it, inject it, inhale it.
— Antonio Conte wears a wig (@CriminalCosta) February 5, 2018
Seems like conte will be out in feb.
We're Chelsea fans, we've seen this play out the same way, time & time again.
No sympathy from me, these managers are always scared to make changes or risks. They stick with their systems till the end.
Never accept their tactics dont work
— NiiNiiFC-BlueLionsTV (@NiiNiiFC) February 5, 2018
Antonio Conte meeting Roman Abramovich in the morning: pic.twitter.com/rKJRf6V9gw
— ᴺᴷ7 (@NGoloFC) February 5, 2018
Roman has clearly lost his ruthless. Back in the day he’d have sacked Conte in the locker room & Cahill would probably come out as manager in the 2nd half
— Simeon (@SJftbl) February 5, 2018