- Chelsea defeat Fulham 2-0 in West London Derby.
- Goals from Pedro and Loftus-Cheek win it for the Blues.
- Here’s our player ratings. Do you agree with us?
Chelsea successfully bounced back from last weekend’s defeat to Tottenham Hotspur with a 2-0 victory over local rivals Fulham.
Today’s contest was as much of a test of the players’ steel as it was their quality. They had their pants pulled down in front of the entire world last weekend, and it wasn’t a pretty site for anyone in attendance.
Having overcome 10-man PAOK midweek, tentative positive thinking could have been forgiven, but a return to the Premier League against Fulham, under new management, was a chance for us to prove we had the cojones to go the distance this term.
Spanish speedster Pedro gave Chelsea the lead within four minutes. N’Golo Kante, playing in his unnatural position many would tell you, pressed high and won possession off of Jean Michael Seri. He laid it off to Pedro, who did the rest.
We fell a little flat in the second half and Fulham almost made us pay. Kepa Arrizabalaga furthered his bid for the coveted position of being Chelsea’s most widely adored player with a string of important stops. The Cottagers couldn’t find a way through.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek, on as a substitute, sealed the three points with an 82nd minute goal. After some link-up at seemingly supersonic speed on the edge of the penalty area, Ruben found himself with a yard of space. He made no mistake with the finish.
Chelsea are up into third place ahead of the North London Derby, but more importantly we proved that (unlike under previous managers) we will not be sucked into a spiral of negativity following one unfavourable result.
Here’s our player ratings.
Arrizabalaga 8, Azpilicueta 7, Rudiger 6, David Luiz 6, Alonso 3, Jorginho 7, Kante 6, Kovacic 5, Pedro 7, Hazard 7, Giroud 5. (Subs: Loftus-Cheek 8, Morata 5, Zappacosta n/a)