Kepa redeems himself as Chelsea seal crucial second victory on the bounce

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich makes dramatic Kepa Arrizabalaga transfer decision

Gonzalo Higuain's fine finish gave the visitors to Craven Cottage the lead in the 20 minute, and although Callum Chambers restored parity by converting from a corner soon after, Chelsea got their noses back in front through Jorginho on the half-hour mark.

As a outcome, the Spaniard was dropped to the bench for Chelsea's 2-0 win over Tottenham in the Premier League in midweek, with Willy Caballero starting the game.

It was unclear if Maurizio Sarri was going to keep his job a couple of weeks ago.

Sarri was delighted for his first-half scorers, especially after the criticism aimed at midfield lynchpin Jorginho, who had not previously found the net from open play for Chelsea and who has been seen as an underwhelming presence.

Afterwards, we learned Sarri had considered dropping Kepa for the season - in response to his Brent-based misdemeanour.

One of these teams can claim the runaway worst defence in the Premier League.

'Jorginho has a very strong character, a very strong personality, ' Sarri said.

Kepa, brought back into the starting XI exactly a week after refusing to be substituted in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City, made key saves from Aleksandar Mitrovic in each half as Chelsea withstood sustained spells of Fulham pressure to maintain their top-four challenge.

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"I think we played very well for 60 minutes", Sarri said.

"I am thinking long term in the best interests of Fulham Football Club".

Chelsea are in the driving seat to finish in the top four following back-to-back victories over Tottenham and Fulham. I know the man. "I don't care what mistakes they make".

"I spoke with him during the week, he understood", Sarri added.

'He has a good mentality.

At the culmination of the 2-0 win, one of the Blues' few truly great results of the season, the Argentine looked as elated as he had been deflated on the National Stadium sidelines three days earlier.

As things stand, only four teams from England will qualify for the Champions League at the end of the season which logically would mean that the top-four sides on the EPL table book that spot.

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