Maurizio Sarri: Chelsea have dragged Tottenham into fight

Maurizio Sarri: Chelsea have dragged Tottenham into fight

Chelsea bounced back from defeat in the Carabao Cup final with a 2-0 win over bitter rivals Arsenal and travel to Fulham on Sunday.

In an incident-packed first half, the much-maligned Jorginho restored Chelsea's lead with his first goal since the opening weekend of the season.

The Blues sit sixth in the English top flight, two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United, with a game in hand.

Now, with upcoming fixtures including a cup final against a Manchester City side who recently beat them 6-0 and a London derby against upwardly-mobile Tottenham, there is no sign that things will improve for the beleaguered Italian manager.

It will be interesting to see if Kepa continues to keep his place in the coming weeks.

It is said that Sarri had been convinced by his supporting coaching staff that Caballero was the right man to call upon in the event that the game went to penalties, given the Argentine's impressive record in stopping penalties. But it was a normal decision. Now the situation is closed.

"I know the man very well". In the last 20 or 25 minutes we were in trouble because we were very exhausted mentally and physically after 120 minutes against Manchester City and a strong match against Tottenham. Have we found a good balance of how to play?

'Kepa is a man.

Azpilicueta believes there is now all to play for as four sides scrap it out for two spots behind Manchester City and Liverpool, with the Spaniard telling Chelsea's official website: "Now, after the last results, Tottenham is in the race to make the top four, that is clear". We had a great opportunity today. We have to fight to the last minute of the last match, he said. I think at the moment he is not at his best.

Fulham are now 10 points adrift of safety with nine games to play after defeat in Scott Parker's first game as caretaker boss. "He made a mistake, but now that is enough".

Meanwhile Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri opted to restore Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal, having dropped the Spain global for the win over Tottenham following his refusal to be substituted during the Carabao Cup final. Another Chelsea fan added: 'Doesn't ring a bell'.

Yet barely six minutes later Craven Cottage erupted when Calum Chambers drifted unmarked to the back post and scored from a Ryan Babel cross following a corner.

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