With Chelsea’s 2-0 win against Fulham, Thomas Tuchel makes history by being the first manager to collect an 11th clean sheet from his first 15 games. Mourinho and Scolari opening their respective spells in english football with 10 shutouts from 15 fixtures.
With Kai Havertz scoring a brace against the Cottagers. Chelsea can now able to focus on the second leg of their Champions League tie against Real Madrid, knowing they have three points in their bag and thereby securing their foothold in the race for top four.
Fulham on the other side not being that lucky. Now the gap between them and the nearest side out of the relegation zone widened. Scott Parker’s team looks to be relegated and will probably play in the championship next season. Though we should applaud them for their commendable effort. They put in a good fight against the five times Premier League winners.
Chelsea vs Fulham Team News
To everyone’s suprise, Thomas Tuchel gave the scottish youngster Billy Gilmour his first start under him giving the duo Jorginho and N’Golo Kante a rest. The Blues started out with a 3-5-2 formation. Mason Mount and Hakim Ziyech playing a much deeper role than usual with Gilmour as the sole link for transition. We would often see Ziyech drop in deep and putting in long balls with his magical left foot.
In the defence we saw Kurt Zouma, Thiago Silva and Andreas Christensen. The latter has been in the news quite often lately regarding his contract renewal. Reece James and Ben Chilwell started as wingbacks. In the attack German duo Kai Havertz and Timo werner were given the nod.
Fulham, meanwhile, unchanged from the side that started the draw at Arsenal. Josh Maja continued to lead the line, with Aleksandr Mitrovic on the bench.
Fulham XI: Areola, Aina, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Robinson, Reid, Anguissa, Lemina, Lookman, Maja, Ivan Cavaleiro.
Subs: Tete, Hector, Odoi, Mitrovic, Rodak, Ream, Bryan, Onomah, Carvalho.
Chelsea 2-0 Fulham POST-MATCH ANALYSIS:
The Cottagers started the game strong with a very high press. This forced the Blues to commit mistakes in their own half and to go long. They had some early shots in the game but nothing Edouard Mendy couldn’t handle.
Gradually Thomas Tuchel’s side grew into the game and started dominating the posession. They opened the scoring through Kai Havertz who was assisted by the TOTS nominee Mason Mount after an incredible long ball was placed by Thiago Silva. Mason mount’s first touch was somewhat out of the world and he put in a through ball for Kai Havertz who calmly put in the ball behind for his third goal of the season.
Timo Werner was so lively through out the game and could have add another assist to his tally but Ziyech pulled “a la werner” as chelsea fans would say. Nevertheless right before the first half was going to end Mendy pulled a worldly save with his fast reflexes and kept Chelsea’s clean sheet intact.
Kai havertz scored his second goal of the game linking up with his international team-mate Timo Werner. Ben Chilwell placed a long ball similar to what Thiago Silva did for Mount. Havertz controlled and provided it to Werner who slot it past between the centre backs. Havertz perfected his run beating the offside trap and slid it past Areola scoring his fourth goal of the season.
Kai Havertz (MOTM) – (8.3/10): Scored two goals and was clinical in front of the goal, something the squad has been lacking.
Mason Mount (7.7/10) : Provided the assist for the first goal and created chances for his team to score
Timo Werner (7.5/10) : Provided an assist for the second goal, created a sitter for Hakim Ziyech. First player since Eden Hazard to reach double digits in his debut season.