Kepa recalled? Sarri to make 3 changes | Expected Chelsea line-up vs Fulham

Joginho celebrates after netting Chelsea winner

"I felt big pressure in Serie C, and very little sometimes in the Champions League".

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. For him, it's very important to finish the match in that way.

Jorginho was defended by Sarri following the chorus of boos last Thursday and the former Napoli star has had his own say on the incident.

That is the view of refereeing chief David Elleray, commenting in the wake of Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga's decision to defy his manager's instruction to come off during their Carabao Cup Final defeat to Manchester City.

Earlier this week, Pedro told ESPN that Kepa's act of public insubordination did not cause any splits in the Chelsea dressing room, and Sarri insisted that his team has actually emerged stronger from the episode.

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".

"I know very well the man". I spoke with him during this week and he understood. He is very clever, with a very good mentality. In England, the season is really very hard.




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

I feel the same as before, but happier because the results are positive. Of course, for him, it's not easy a first season in this football with a new team.

Chelsea are now occupying sixth position on the Premier League standings with 53 points after 27 games played this term.

The goal provided Chelsea with further encouragement to attack Fulham, and the visitors only remained competitive in the game thanks to Sergio Rico making excellent reaction saves to keep out each of Hazard and Higuain.

"He was really very exhausted in the last part of the match, and we were lucky that [Mateo] Kovacic could come on and do really very well".

"Then we won against Tottenham and won [against Fulham]". We still need consistency and still to continue, especially with the performances.

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