Kepa Plays, David Luiz On Bench - Chelsea Team vs Fulham Confirmed

Joginho celebrates after netting Chelsea winner

The pressure has eased on Maurizio Sarri following Chelsea's recent performances.

Former Manchester United and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has backed Gonzalo Higuain to thrive at Stamford Bridge despite lacking the physical condition to work in the Premier League.

But as Sarri has so far struggled to impose his methods in England, so Jorginho is yet to live up to the £57m fee that brought him from Serie A.

'The law exists to say "okay, if the player won't go off, you just get on with the game". He played very well in the last match, better in the second half than in the first. "I have no injury doubts but it is very important to value the recovery", the Italian said in his pre-match press conference.

"I think there was a misunderstanding involved in it but he apologised to us and we accepted it. He understood and reacted really very well".

Chelsea FC - who lost the League Cup final last month to Manchester City on penalties - are looking to break back into the top four this season as they aim to secure Champions League qualification.

Asked if he could have left Kepa on the sidelines for the remainder of the season, Sarri replied: "Considering the man, no - because I know him very well".

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The Spaniard's refusal to be substituted during the game was seen to undermine Sarri's authority over his side. I was lucky because, with Napoli , we returned to the Champions League .

"He paid with the club and the team, now the situation is closed".

"After everything that happened last week it has been a very good week for Chelsea".

"When there is a very hard experience you can come out always different than before: better or worse". We didn't kill the match and then in the last 20-25 minutes we were really very exhausted - physically but also mentally. In England, the season is really very hard.

Chelsea are unbeaten in 18 Premier League games against Fulham (W11 D7) - only against Spurs (28 games between 1992 and 2006) have they had a longer unbeaten run versus an opponent in the competition.

"I'm very, very happy for him because he scored, but my opinion about Jorginho is the same", Sarri added.

Moments after the recalled Kepa Arrizabalaga nearly presented Fulham with a goal by dropping a straightforward cross, Higuain put the visitors in front with just his third Blues goal since his January arrival on loan from Juventus.

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