Chelsea ‘physically and mentally tired’, says Sarri

Top-four ‘war’ has Chelsea’s Eden Hazard fired up			
   by Danny Griffiths 

Top-four ‘war’ has Chelsea’s Eden Hazard fired up by Danny Griffiths Published

"We can play different styles but it's always best to find the golden middle".

It was hard to tell how much was due to The Scott Parker Effect: the ex-Chelsea (and Tottenham, and West Ham, and Charlton) man afforded major improvement for the Whites, though there was always expected to be at the very least a "dead cat bounce" effect.

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.

Another man who found a measure of redemption at Craven Cottage was Jorginho, who netted the game's decisive goal - and his first for Chelsea since the opening day of the season - after this week pledging to win over the supporters who have criticised him.

For all the talk about "player power" and Sarri confronting it: there was very little of that in action this week. He is very clever, with a very good mentality. "We could have killed the match, but we were not able to do so".

And Mourinho has backed his former club by claiming Chelsea showed common sense while dealing with Arrizabalaga after his antics in the EFL Cup final.

"He made a couple of good saves. He understood and reacted really very well".

'Kepa is a man.

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Parker represented both Chelsea and Fulham during a distinguished playing career and admitted his first outing as a top-flight manager was a "rollercoaster for me on the sidelines".

"It was a normal decision [to bring him back], I think", Sarri said. We didn't put our stamp on the game in possession.

Sarri insisted the strength of Kepa's character meant the world's most expensive goalkeeper was never likely to spend the remainder of the season on the sidelines.

Three minutes later, Eden Hazard was the catalyst for Chelsea's second goal with an incisive run into the Fulham area, the Belgian laying the ball back to the Jorginho, who guided a superb strike into the top corner from 18 yards.

Responses to Chelsea's birthday wishes on Twitter soon flooded in with one joking that he 'is the only player that hasn't let me down this season'.

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

"I wouldn't want to do it any other way".

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