Gonzalo HIGUAIN scores opening goal for Chelsea in win against Fulham

Alvaro Morata Chelsea 2018-19

A finish from close range opened the scoring for Chelsea.

Having drafted Arrizabalaga back into the lineup for the west London derby after Willy Caballero had filled in for him expertly in the 2-0 win over Spurs, Sarri was rewarded with a top performance after one early, careless handling error. Arsenal and Manchester United, their direct rivals in the top four, play in the same round of fixtures and a victory for Sarri's men may see them leapfrog one of those sides.

Given the lack of minutes on the pitch, many were surprised the club's social media team were able to use a gallery of images of Drinkwater in action. Now the situation is closed.

"He will learn in time, the second season will be better for him", Mourinho told beIN Sports.

"The reaction today was really very good". I spoke with him during this week and he understood.

"It would be very good news for the Premier League if Zidane moved to England". I think that he played very well in the last match, better in the second half than in the first half. But, with another man, yes of course. But, with another man, yes, of course, I could have done it in another way. He made a mistake on a misunderstanding, but now it's enough.

"I know the man very well".

"My opinion about Jorginho is the same", said Sarri.

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The Hornets got off to a bright start as the took the lead after just five minutes when Gerard Deulofeu's free-kick was flicked home by Troy Deeney.

"There appears to be a lot of player power at Chelsea that he is struggling to overcome like many have before him".

Not that winning the Europa League will be an easy affair, especially with teams like Sevilla, Napoli, Arsenal, Valencia and Benfica still in the fray. In that position, we have some problems. "The answer from him was really very good".

After Higuain notched his third Chelsea goal since joining the club on loan from Juventus, Sarri added: "He is one of the best strikers in Europe".

"We had a great opportunity, I think", Sarri said.

"It nicely sets up preparations for the Dynamo Kiev game knowing that we are back in the hunt for the top four and dare I say it, the top three!".

At the last count, the 60-year-old Sarri has faced an uphill task to bring to life his "Sarri-ball" tactics in his first season at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea on the sixth spot with 10 league matches to the end of the campaign. But we are fighting and in the last four matches we did well. That was very important for our confidence.

Maurizio Sarri claims to have no idea what we all mean when we talk about "Sarri-ball" but if the possession-based attacking philosophy is defined by an overreliance on Jorginho, then it came up trumps at Craven Cottage yesterday, as the Brazil-born Italian midfielder scored the victor in a heated derby. "A minimum [level] of consistency has arrived, but we have to continue".

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