Lai Havertz goals gives Chelsea the edge over Fulham

 

Chelsea's Kai Havertz struck twice to sink  Fulham 2-0 in an enthusiastic southwest London derby on Saturday as they fixed their grasp on fourth spot in the Premier League. 


Fulham, third from base and nine points from the security zone, begun splendidly, yet their expectations were snuffed out by their neighbors' quality. 


Fulham acquired two corners before Chelsea's Brazilian protector Thiago Silva hoofed a long ball into their region in the tenth moment. 


Bricklayer Mount culled it out of the air with sublime control prior to driving it into Havertz's way and the German adjusted previous Chelsea protector Ola Aina to stroke it home. 


Havertz multiplied his count in the 49th moment, after a smooth move with Timo Werner who selected his countryman with a pinpoint last pass. 


The outcome put Chelsea on 61 points from 34 games, six in front of fifth-set West Ham who play on Monday. 


"I think it was vital. We need to come in the main four of the Premier League, that is our objective for the season and this success today is essential for us. At that point, on Wednesday we have another significant game so we're content with the success," Havertz said. 


Chelsea get back to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday for the second leg of their Champions League semi-last against Real Madrid with the score at 1-1 after the primary leg last Tuesday. 


Chelsea mentor Thomas Tuchel said: "We showed the pride we are able to do - to do it in the middle of two defining moments. 


"I'm past glad that we did it. There was no absence of focus. We experienced some difficulty which everybody against this Fulham side has however there was no absence of focus and that was critical." 


Fulham were urgently needing focuses after Brighton and Hove Albion's success over Leeds had dropped further into the assignment zone, pushed hard from the beginning with a high press. 


"The most recent couple of weeks or last couple of games caused me to feel we needed something yet today I didn't feel that," Fulham mentor Scott Parker said. "I felt we put a stamp on it and we were bold." 


He added: "Four successes. It very well may be finished. We need to dominate four matches." 


Ademola Lookman and Antonee Robinson both looked hazardous as Chelsea had to absorb pressure toward the beginning. 


Edouard Mendy in the Chelsea objective was called right into it in the fifth moment, tipping a slug shot from Robinson over the bar. 


In the 23rd he saved an amazing shot from the always bustling Lookman, pushing the low ball to security, a bustling presence in the Chelsea half. 


At the far edge, Alphonse Areola made a fine save from Hakim Ziyech and minutes after the fact he denied Werner who ran in and shot from the left. 


Be that as it may, Chelsea's subsequent objective was a coldblooded blow and squashed Fulham's soul. 


Chelsea's efficient guard, marshaled by commander for-the-day Thiago, was murmuring before the finish of the game and it was their eleventh clean sheet in the 15 Premier League games since Tuchel assumed responsibility.

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