Kepa returns for Chelsea after Wembley mutiny

Joginho celebrates after netting Chelsea winner

Joginho celebrates after netting Chelsea winner

"We could have killed the match with a third goal".

Fulham sacked Claudio Ranieri last week and have put Scott Parker in interim charge, as they look desperately for points in a push to climb out of the relegation zone.

Ahead of the game, there have been a lot of questions over whether Kepa Arrizabalaga will be reinstated to the starting lineup or not, after the Spaniard was dropped for the Spurs game, due to the controversial incident that took place in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.

Gonzalo Higuain's opener was cancelled out by Calum Chambers but Jorginho netted Chelsea's second shortly afterwards, and it proved decisive as the Blues moved to within two points of fourth-placed Manchester United.


The 24-year-old has apologised, and his manager, Maurizio Sarri, now says the matter is "closed".

However, they were level for just three minutes as the much-maligned Jorginho curled in a attractive effort from just outside the box for his first Chelsea goal since the opening day of the season, having been set up by Eden Hazard.

Chelsea were not offering much of a threat at the other end, and Fulham nearly took advantage by finding an equaliser two minutes from time with Mitrovic seeing his header parried away by Arrizabalaga after some excellent play from Floyd Ayite.

Exploiting the space left by Fulham's creaky defence, Hazard and Willian both tested Rico with low drives soon after the restart.


Chelsea are now occupying sixth position on the Premier League standings with 53 points after 27 games played this term.

Fulham midfielder Kevin McDonald has ended on the winning side in just three of his 38 Premier League games (7.9%); among players to have played as many as 38 Premier League matches, only Rudy Gestede (3.9%, two wins in 51) has a lower win percentage.

Jorginho has become a scapegoat for Chelsea supporters in recent weeks.

They'll now be preparing for the Europa League last 16 first leg against Dynamo Kyiv on Thursday before returning to domestic action with a home tie against Wolves next Sunday. They then face Wolves in the Premier League on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.


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