Kay Havertz doubled his number of Premier League goals in the Premier League with two goals as Chelsea close rivals Fulham with a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Havertz gave Chelsea the lead in the 10th minute with a precise, loud finish after Mason Mount’s impressive control and a cross pass. The German added four minutes into the second half with another quiet end after meeting fellow countryman Timo Werner.
Perhaps given the second leg of Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final with Real Madrid, Thomas Tuchel made five adjustments before the match. Despite Fulham’s brave efforts, Chelsea were rarely tested and would have made a win more handsome had it not been for the number of inspiring saves from Alphonse Areola.
Chelsea’s 15th win in all competitions under Tuchel put them two points away from third-placed Leicester and open up a six-point lead against West Ham in fifth place in the race for the top four.
For Fulham, the defeat left him in seventeenth place, nine points adrift of Newcastle and Burnley having played a more decisive match than his relegation rivals.
Chelsea: Mendy (7), Zuma (7), Silva (7), Christensen (7), James (6), Gilmore (6), Havertz (8), Chilwell (6), Mt. (8), Zich (7), Werner (7).
Submarines: Abraham (5), Kante (5), Alonso (unknown).
Fulham: Areola (7), Aena (6), Andersen (7), Adaraboyo (6), Robinson (7), Limina (7), Angisa (6), Lookman (6), Cavallero (6), Decordova-Reed (6). )), The house (6).
Submarines: Mitrovic (unknown), Onomah (5), Carvalho (5).
Man of the Match: Kay Havertz
Havertz speaks misery to toothless Fulham
Fulham’s ordeal towards the foot of the table left them with little choice but to assert themselves from the start whistle, and gave Chelsea a real terror within five minutes when Anthony Robinson’s leadership forced Edward Mendy to fend off his fingertips.
Early pressure on Chelsea’s goal pushed Tuchel out of his seat on two occasions, with Reese James bearing the brunt of the sermon due to his failure to move forward to support the attack, and the homeowners heeded their coach’s calls.
Chelsea almost went ahead in seven minutes when Hakim Ziyech linked up with Mason Mount and played square ball in the area that Timo Werner could not reach.
- Billy Gilmour made his Premier League debut under Thomas Tuchel and Kurt Zuma, and Reese James, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz returned, as Chelsea made five changes from their draw with Real Madrid.
- Scott Parker picked the Fulham team unchanged from a 1-1 draw with Arsenal.
Mason nicely grabbed the ball from the air before sliding into Havertz on goal, and the German lifted the ball over the accelerating Areola to score his third goal in the Premier League.
Havertz put the ball into the net eight minutes later when he grabbed another ball from a mountain and raised the ball over Areola, but it was properly eliminated for offside.
Fulham grew after the postponement period and pressed for a draw as stumbling Ademula Lockman leadership sent Mindy another save against Chelsea.
Areola came to the rescue of Fulham in the 39th minute, as he was expecting a Werner square pass to Ziyech, and he committed early to diving and kept the Moroccan international’s efforts out with a rescue he had no right to do. It wasn’t long before the Fulham Stopper was called again, with the Werner low engine shutting down well.
Parker stressed to his team the importance of reaching the first half without conceding another goal, but Fulham almost settled himself at the end of the first half, with Ola Aina’s shot deflecting sharply from Mendy’s line.
Fulham failed to win any of the previous 54 Premier League matches when they were late in the first half, and their challenge was effectively over within four minutes of the start of the second half when Havertz and Werner had all the time in the world to bypass the Fulham defense. One to two, Havertz scored his second past on Areola.
Parker presented Alexander Mitrovic in the last 10 minutes but failed to inspire the attempt to survive as Fulham failed to score a single attempt on goal in the second half and tied for the 16th time this season as Chelsea prepared for the Windiday clash with Madrid. In a trot.
Chelsea kings from Kings Road – match stats
- Chelsea have remained unbeaten in their last 19 home matches against Fulham in all competitions (W11 D8), since the 0-2 defeat in October 1979 – only against Everton (31), Hull City (23) and Middlesbrough (21) are currently the Blues. Enjoy a longer, unbeaten tour at Stamford Bridge.
- Kai Havertz’s eight goals have been scored for Chelsea in all competitions in London (seven at Stamford Bridge and one in Selhurst Park).
- Fulham has remained unbeaten in the last 24 derby in the London League (D5 L19), since their 2-1 victory over West Ham in January 2014 – in Premier League history, only Crystal Palace has had a longer run without wins in the London Derby (31 matches) . Between August 1969 – March 1973).
- Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel has kept 11 clean sheets more than any other coach in Premier League history from his first 15 matches in the tournament (Mourinho and Scolari surpassed 10 each from their first 15 matches).
- Fulham failed to win any of the ten London derby matches they have played in the Premier League this season (D4 L6) – this is the seventh occasion that a team from the capital has failed to win any of the Premier League matches against London clubs, with Fulham in charge of four matches. . Of those cases (also in 2007-08, 2010-11, and 2018-19).
- Mason Mount (5 goals, 2 assists) and Timo Werner (2 goals, 5 assists) have combined more goals for Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel than any other player in all competitions.
Man of the Match – Kai Havertz
Alan Smith from Sky Sports:
Havertz is my man in the game. I could have given him to Mount because he was awesome. But two goals for Havertz, it wasn’t easy for him this season, he was infected with the Coronavirus, he was infected, and he settled in a different country. These two goals today would have been They taste sweet. They finished them really well. “
The next for Chelsea is the second leg of the Champions League semi-final at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday at 8 pm, before traveling to Manchester City on Wednesday. Saturday Night Football 5.30pm – Live broadcast on Sky Sports Premier League. Fulham hosts Burnley Monday Night Football 8:00 PM – Live Stream on Sky Sports Premier League.