Chelsea and Fulham have rather different priorities in the final weeks of the season as they meet in this evening’s west London derby at Stamford Bridge.
For the Blues, this fixture comes disects the two legs of their Champions League semi-final clash with Real Madrid, a tie which is nicely poised after a 1-1 draw in Madrid on Tuesday night.
That does not mean today’s game isn’t of huge importance, however, with Thomas Tuchel’s side looking to cement their place in the Premier League’s top four after last weekend’s crucial win over West Ham.
As for Fulham, by Scott Parker’s own admission they are running out of time to save themselves from the drop and it would curely take something miraculous in the final weeks of the season to keep the Cottagers up.
Well, Fulham have come out like a team who know their Premier League lives pretty much depend on it. They’re pressing extremely high, while Ademola Lookman has already had a bright little foray into the box.
Mason Mount, take a bow. It’s a long ball from the back that the Englishman kills brilliantly as it drops over his shoulder.
He then has the composure to look up and slot a superbly weighted pass between two defenders for Kai Havertz to run onto and slot home, which gives Chelsea an early lead. Chelsea 1:0 Fulham
The same combination combine again as Mount feeds Havertz and the German tucks home but the flag is raised.
Should be two!
Oh, what a chance this is. Chelsea come pouring forward, with Werner slipped in on the right by Mount. He picks out a terrific pull-back for Ziyech, who must think he’s scored but Areola comes scrambling back across and denies him.
GOAL! | Chelsea 2-0 Fulham | Kai Havertz 49′
That might be that!
This is lovely from Havertz, who controls with the outside of his boot and then plays an extended one-two with Timo Werner before sliding coolly past Areola.
Another example there of Havertz’s intelligence and movement. And it was very much a striker’s finish as well. He is getting stronger as the season progresses and this is perhaps a glimpse of what’s to come next season