Chelsea dominated the game and defeated Fulham 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon, but it wasn’t a smooth victory as the Blues had to labour for the three points.
Despite an early goal which was scored by Pedro on the 4th minute, Chelsea couldn’t break Fulham’s defence until Ruben Loftus-Cheek sealed the victory just eight minutes before full-time.
It wasn’t all Chelsea, as Fulham had their chances but Kepa Arrizabalaga made three good saves to keep a clean sheet.
Speaking after the game, Maurizio Sarri admitted that he was pleased with the win but that the players were a bit nervous after the loss to Tottenham.
“I think today the result was very important,” said the Italian. “We started very well then at 1-0 the players on the pitch had a very good level of application and attention, but without killing the match. We needed to kill it before and I think we were a bit tense.
“Of course in the days after Tottenham it wasn’t easy for me and the players but we lost a match after three-and-a-half months, that can happen. Today it was important to react. The team did that very well in the Europa League and today was important.
“In the mind of the players was only the result. At Tottenham 11 players played very badly and so I thought today it was natural to give them another chance.
“We could have done better in the offensive phase but we were tense. I think in the minds at 1-0 we wanted to keep the result.
“I think we were in control of the match. In terms of goal opportunities it was six two, so we were in control but a bit nervous.”