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Premier League 2018-19: 3 observations from Chelsea's 2-0 win over Fulham

Suman Dey
ANALYST
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1.60K   //    02 Dec 2018, 23:31 IST

Fulham took on Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge
Fulham took on Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge

Chelsea came into the game on the back of a humiliating performance against Spurs last time out, while Fulham needed points to get out of the relegation zone. Both the clubs were looking for a victory, which promised a thrilling West London derby.

Inside four minutes of the game, Chelsea took the lead through Pedro after N'Golo Kante pounced on a mistake by Seri in the middle of the park. Calum Chambers got a half chance for Fulham from outside the box, but his shot was straight at Kepa.

As the half progressed, Chelsea got several chances to increase their lead but failed to convert any of the opportunities.

Fulham looked sharp at the start of the second half, forcing an excellent reflex save from Kepa from a corner. Ranieri's side looked more likely to score, and Chelsea's goalkeeper was called into action on numerous occasions.

Morata got a golden chance to secure all three points for the home side but missed a sitter from point-blank range, much to the dismay of the manager. However, Ruben Loftus-Cheek finished the game for Chelsea after an intricately taken shot past the goalkeeper.

It wasn't a vintage performance by the Blues, but it was enough to secure all three points. Here are the three key observations from the game:


#3 Parity restored for Maurizio Sarri

No jitters for Sarri this time out
No jitters for Sarri this time out

Chelsea started the season brightly, maintaining an unbeaten start of 12 games in the Premier League. Their first defeat of the season came against Tottenham Hotspur last time out.

Sarri has successfully instilled his philosophy among the players, and it is reflected in their performances as well. The Blues are no more the side built on defensive stability.

A defeat or a draw against Fulham could have taken Chelsea out of the top four for the first time this season. However, one mistake by Fulham in the first half and a good finish by Loftus-Cheek in the second half restored normalcy at the Stamford Bridge.

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Suman Dey
ANALYST
A sports enthusiast and an avid follower of football. Since childhood I was encouraged to play cricket and in no time it became a hobby. Gradually I found interest in other sports also. Football is in my blood and I love the electrifying ambiance that surrounds it. I often watch the pre and post match analysis of a match and try to learn how to analyze a football game. The thing that intrigues me the most is that there are so many things happening behind the scenes that are oblivious to our naked eyes. The technological advancements that has been made are phenomenal. I like analyzing a game from a statistical point of view. Being a data guy myself , I am firm believer of providing insights through facts and data. Though a game is always unpredictable , analyzing it from different dimensions can provide some very interesting conclusions.
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