Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has warned Tottenham they’re now in a battle for the top four after the Blues’ 2-1 win against Fulham. Goals from Jorginho and Gonzalo Higuain handed Chelsea their second London derby win in a week after their 2-0 win against rivals Spurs on Wednesday.
With Tottenham and Arsenal drawing on Saturday, Chelsea’s win means that there’s just five points between them in sixth and Mauricio Pochettino’s men in third. Chelsea appear to have emerged from a difficult February and Sarri’s demonstrated their new-found confidence with a warning for Spurs.
‘As I said to you after Tottenham, we were trying to involve Tottenham in the fight,’ said Sarri. ‘And I think that now they are involved. So, better two teams for four places than three for one place.’
Sarri reinstated Kepa into his starting XI at Craven Cottage after dropping him for the win against Spurs. Chelsea had the Spaniard to thank in the dying stages when he saved from Aleksandar Mitrovic but Sarri was pleased with his side’s performance.
‘I think that we played very well for 60 minutes. Very well,” Sarri added. ‘We could have killed the match with a third goal. We didn’t kill the match and then, in the last 25 minutes, we were really very tired’ ‘Physically but also mentally. In seven days, we played 120 minutes in a very difficult match against City.
We played 90 minutes, very expensive, against Tottenham. ‘And today we had to play a very important derby against a team with a new coach, so it was a really very difficult match. I think very well for 60 minutes, and then very tired. That’s the normal reaction to our seven days.’
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