Chelsea 2-0 Fulham: 3 reasons why Chelsea won the west London derby
#2 The resurgence of N'Golo Kante
N'Golo Kante came in for stiff criticism from his manager and the media following Chelsea's shambolic performance against Tottenham Hotspur last Saturday. Several questions, including the most obvious one regarding his unfamiliar position in the new system, were asked after Kante struggled to provide any resistance against Spurs.
However, it took him just four minutes against Fulham to show that perhaps he can master the new role with time on his side.
Kante showed excellent awareness to rob Jean Michael Seri around the halfway line and dashed forward before liberating Pedro, who cut inside and finished expertly to give Chelsea the lead.
That proved to be Kante's second assist so far this term under Sarri and as many as he managed since arriving at Stamford Bridge from Leicester City. The Frenchman also sprayed a few good passes across and forward during the first half, while also showing excellent burst of energy before the interval.
Chelsea were collectively not at their best for the majority of the second half, but Kante has undoubtedly shown signs that he is willing to work towards adapting to the new role.