Jorginho fires Chelsea to victory as Kepa shines

Jorginho fires Chelsea to victory as Kepa shines

Jorginho fires Chelsea to victory as Kepa shines

Drinkwater has not featured since the Community Shield against Manchester City back in August and has only made the bench for one Premier League match this season - the 4-1 home win over Cardiff City in mid-September. 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.

Against the Citizens last month, Sarri's side tried to play their usual method of high-intensity pressing upfront, which was exploited devastatingly by Guardiola's charges as City put four goals past Kepa's goal inside well within half an hour. He paid for it with the club and the team.

The managerial merry-go-round never comes to a rest, but in recent weeks its speed has really picked up.

And he acknowledges Fulham's likely relegation will provoke questions.

'With Jorginho it is easier, I think.

'I remained calm because I know what fans are like... they have the right to complain.

Asked if he could have left Kepa on the sidelines for the remainder of the season, Sarri replied: "Considering the man, no - because I know him very well". He was able to react very well, as we have seen today.Sarri believes Chelsea's revival this week, coupled with Tottenham's poor form, has made the top-four chase even tighter.

"I have a few friends at the club and everybody speaks to me amazingly well about Kepa".

'He has a good mentality.

By doing so, the Blues were able to play the counter-attacking style that numerous first team used to win the title two short years ago.

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.

Fulham were on top for significant periods of the second half and had a goal disallowed for offside but the result kept them 19th, 10 points from the safety zone.

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