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KEEPER Edouard Mendy was a surprise hero as two-goal matchwinner Kai Havertz showed again he is adjusting to the Premier League as Chelsea beat Fulham 2-0.
And while it was another solid day for the Blues’ three-man backline, England playmaker Mason Mount once more impressed with his versatility.
Edouard Mendy made three high-class stops to deny Fulham before the breakCredit: EPA
Kai Havertz struck in the tenth and 49th minutes to sink Fulham 2-0 as Chelsea strengthened their grip on fourth place in the Premier LeagueCredit: Getty
Chelsea are now fourth after sending their London neighbours to the brink of relegation.
Edouard Mendy – 10/10
He was surprisingly called upon far more often than Chelsea would have liked him to have been, but he made three brilliant saves in the first half to keep Chelsea in front.
Andreas Christensen – 8
Couple of nice little runs out from the back with the ball and defensively he was great once again.
Some real consistent quality coming from the Dane lately.
Thiago Silva – 8
It was his vision that picked out the run of Mount to put Havertz in for the first goal, and he is always so comfortable at the centre of the defence as the main guy to play out through.
Solid with his defensive work as well.
Kurt Zouma – 7
A little uncomfortable at times out wide and under such a high Fulham press in the first half, but he did the job well largely and contributed to the overall performance nicely.
Reece James – 8
Solid performance from him and his pace was tested a few times at the back which he passed with flying colours.
His strength was a massive bonus against a physical side.
Billy Gilmour – 8
A couple of early rusty moments were soon cancelled out by a fine and confident performance in the holding role.
He read the game very well and helped out in attack as well as at the back.
Mason Mount – 9
He showed a world class touch and pass to create the opener for Havertz.
It was a slightly unusual role for him but again he showed his quality, intensity, and creativity in attack.
Ben Chilwell – 8
The word I always seem to use for Chilwell’s performance is more than appropriate once again, a very ‘tidy’ game from him out on the left and his ball play was great.
His switch pass to help set up Chelsea’s second goal was just beautiful.
Hakim Ziyech – 7
He was actually thriving in a deeper role, being allowed to create a bit more from deep and launch counter-attacks.
This suited him nicely and he had a good game, despite missing a good chance.
His involvement dipped when he was pushed further forward again, and was then taken off.
Timo Werner – 6
He was once again working very hard and doing the dirty work, but he was weak on the ball on occasions in the first half and his first touch was off.
His pass through for Havertz’ second goal was very good, however.
Kai Havertz – 9
Took his early chance well to put Chelsea 1-0 up, and his overall play as a roaming false 9 was useful.
He caused Fulham a lot of problems at the back and his second goal was even better with his movement into the box.
SUBS: N’Golo Kante (for Ziyech, 65) – 7.
The Frenchman does what he does best, helping to shore up the midfield for Chelsea to see the game out.
Tammy Abraham (for Mount, 75) – 6.
Cameo role but performed it well.
Marcos Alonso (for Chilwell, 80) – N/A
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