Chelsea kept their challenge for a top-four finish on course today, 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 Gonzalo Higuain putting the Blues ahead, Callum Chambers heading home an 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 Blues boss Sarri felt his side could have finished the game off earlier, and admitted his side tired in the last half hour after a hectic run of fixtures.
“We played very well for 60 minutes,” Sarri told his post-match press conference.
“We could have killed the match with a third goal. We didn’t kill the match and then in the last 20, 25 minutes we were very tired, physically but also mentally.
“In seven days we played 120 minutes in a difficult match against City, we played 90 very expensive minutes against Tottenham, and today a very important derby against a team with a new coach. It was a very difficult match.
“So very good for 60 minutes, then very tired, but it was a normal reaction to our seven days.”