Goals from Jorginho and Gonzalo Higuain ensured Chelsea won their second London derby win in a week after beating Tottenham 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Chelsea defeated Fulham 2-1 at the Craven Cottage in the west London derby to close the gap on other top four aspirants.
Before the game against Fulham, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri revealed that his plan was to bring Tottenham into the top four fight.
“Yes, I think so. I hope that Tottenham will be involved, of course,” Sarri said at a press conference at Cobham Training Ground. “In that case, there are two spots for four teams, and it’s much better than one for three. So we will see.
“Now I can understand very well that, in England, it’s very difficult to be in the top four. The Premier League is very competitive and very hard. Not only the Premier League, because you have to play in the FA Cup, the League Cup, and every match is very difficult.
“If you think that, in the League Cup, we played against Liverpool, twice against Tottenham, the final against City … it seems like a Champions League. If you won against Liverpool, if you won against Tottenham, you can go into the final of the Champions League.
“So every match is very difficult and mentally very expensive. You risk arriving at this moment of the season really very tired, more mentally than physically. In England, the season is really very difficult.
“I would be very happy because I know very well that the target of my club is to return in the Champions League. I would be really very happy. I was lucky because, with Napoli, we returned [to] the Champions League.
“We went in Champions League three times in a row for the first time in the history of the club. I’d like very much to do the same with this club.”
With a game at hand, Chelsea are now two points behind Manchester United and five points behind Spurs, meaning that a win will take Chelsea into fourth spot, and Sarri is pleased that four teams are now fighting for two spots.
“As I said to you after Tottenham, we were trying to involve Tottenham in the fight,” said Sarri after the win against Fulham.
“And I think that now they are involved. So, better two teams for four places than three for one place.”