Digimagaz.com – Chelsea emerged victorious in the West London derby as they defeated Fulham 2-0 in a Premier League clash at Craven Cottage. Goals from Mykhailo Mudryk and Armando Broja secured the three points for the Blues, ending their three-match winless streak in the league.
Chelsea wasted no time asserting their dominance in the match, with the visitors showing intent from the outset. Players like Cole Palmer and Enzo Fernandez orchestrated dangerous attacks, feeding the pacey Mykhailo Mudryk. In the 10th minute, Mudryk had his first attempt on goal, but it sailed over the bar. However, it wasn’t long before the Ukrainian international made his mark.
In the 18th minute, Levi Colwill’s perfectly curled pass found Mudryk, who calmly slotted the ball past Fulham’s goalkeeper, Bernd Leno, opening his account for Chelsea. Just a minute into the second half, Chelsea extended their lead. Cole Palmer, making his first league start for Chelsea, seized an errant pass and set up Armando Broja. Who found the back of the net, giving Chelsea a comfortable 2-0 advantage. The Blues’ clinical finishing was a welcome change, as they had gone three Premier League matches without scoring.
Fulham struggled to make an impact in the first half, with Raul Jimenez’s headed effort wide of the mark being their best opportunity. At halftime, manager Marco Silva introduced Carlos Vinicius and Alex Iwobi in hopes of sparking a response. Iwobi threatened with a shot that was gathered by Chelsea’s goalkeeper, Robert Sanchez.
However, Carlos Vinicius courted controversy when he appeared to strike Thiago Silva with his hand. Despite this, Fulham failed to break through Chelsea’s tight defense. Chelsea continued to press forward, seeking a third goal. A combination of Broja and Palmer set up Ian Maatsen. Whose shot struck the post before Enzo Fernandez’s rebound was denied by Bernd Leno.
As the minutes ticked away, Fulham pushed for a goal, but their efforts were consistently thwarted by Chelsea’s resilient defense. Timothy Castagne’s cross found Vinicius, but he couldn’t test Sanchez. Fulham’s struggles in attack were evident throughout the match, with Chelsea’s defense, including Axel Disasi and the experienced Thiago Silva, managing to neutralize any threats. Sasa Lukic missed a golden opportunity for Fulham late in the game after a well-weighted pass from Willian.
In the end, Chelsea held on to secure the victory, moving up to 11th place in the Premier League table. The win provided a much-needed boost to manager Mauricio Pochettino and his side as they looked to turn their season around after a recent dip in form. The West London derby showcased Chelsea’s renewed attacking prowess and highlighted the challenges facing Fulham. Who are in need of a stronger attacking presence to climb the league standings. Chelsea’s supporters left Craven Cottage with smiles on their faces, celebrating a well-deserved derby victory.