Maurizio Sarri’s decision to start Kepa against Fulham was repaid as the exiled goalkeeper made a vital late save in their 2-1 derby day win.
The contract of Olivier Giroud is set to expire at the end of this season. The Blues will most likely not renew the contract of the veteran beyond the current campaign. Keeping him at the club will be a step in the wrong direction. Not only is the Frenchman not a prolific scorer but he is also now 32 years old.
A goal either side of half time was enough for Chelsea to secure all three points in the West London derby against Fulham on Sunday.
Former Chelsea and current Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri has praised current Blues boss Maurizio Sarri, saying his countryman is a great coach who is worthy to be in a top club like the west London side.
As Claudio Ranieri’s Fulham make the short trip to Stamford Bridge for Sunday’s derby, many expect the reception to be warmer for ex-Chelsea boss Ranieri than for what a fellow former Blues manager had gone on to experience in recent memory.
Sunday is a day of derby football in the Premier League, as Chelsea playing Fulham is accompanied by the North London Derby and the Merseyside Derby. Whilst the other two derbies contain much more animosity towards each other, this is an important game for Chelsea. In the wake of the loss to Spurs last time out, the team received a lot of criticism. This is their chance to answer the criticism and get back on track.