Chelsea maintained their hopes of finishing in the top four this season, by beating West London rivals Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage.
In an entertaining game at the Cottage, all three goals came within 11 first half minutes with January signing Gonzola Higuain putting the Blues ahead, Calum Chambers heading home a equaliser for Fulham, before Jorginho finished smartly to put Maurizio Sarri’s side back in front.
Fulham, under the stewardship of newly appointed caretaker boss Scott Parker, put their neighbours under pressure at different stages of the second half, but Sarri’s side held on for a second London Derby win in the space of five days.
Speaking after the game Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta admitted his side had to dig in at the times to secure their victory, and conceded that every point is vital at this stage of the season.
“It was a tough game. In the first half we played very well and created a lot of chances to go in more comfortably at half-time,” Azpilicueta told Sky Sports.
”We didn’t score and we know Fulham are fighting relegation. Every point matters they pushed hard and sometimes you have to dig in.
“We know that we are entering into the last stage of the season where we have to take everything we can. We have a lot of targets to get. Hopefully we can get what we want”
Chelsea remain in sixth place in the table, two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United, but crucially have a game in hand on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.