Fulham vs. Chelsea - Football Match Report

Arnold Nichols
March 8, 2019

Gonzalo Higuain's fine finish gave the visitors to Craven Cottage the lead in the 20 minute, and although Callum Chambers restored parity by converting from a corner soon after, Chelsea got their noses back in front through Jorginho on the half-hour mark.

The Argentine has enjoyed a decent return since making his loan move from Juventus in January, and he recently scored his third league goal against Fulham on the road.

With the game coming to a close, Chelsea's record-signing Kepa indicated to the bench that he was suffering with a cramp, to which manager Mauricio Sarri responded by replacing him with ex-Man City player Willy Caballero.

They have, however, secured back-to-back victories in London derby dates with Spurs and Fulham, and remain just two points back on fourth-placed Manchester United. "He made a mistake, but now that is enough". With another man I could have done it in another way, but I know him well.

For all the talk about "player power" and Sarri confronting it: there was very little of that in action this week.

I can kill him, but I think that was right. I know the man, he is very good. "Of course, it was really a very bad experience but I think we can come out of this situation better than before".

"Top four is a hard war, because we're not only four teams, we're six teams".

"We didn't put our stamp on the game in possession". "Because we were five points from the top four, but now we are only two points off".

However, they were level for just three minutes as the much-maligned Jorginho curled in a lovely effort from just outside the box for his first Chelsea goal since the opening day of the season, having been set up by Eden Hazard.

The penalty shootout then began with Kepa in goal, but despite him saving Leroy Sane's penalty, his teammates David Luiz and Jorginho couldn't convert from the spot, handing the trophy to Manchester City and the headlines to Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Despite an improved display in caretaker manager Scott Parker's first game following the midweek sacking of Claudio Ranieri, second-bottom Fulham have lost eight of their past nine league games and sit 10 points from safety. This is the way Fulham play and the way I want my team to play.

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