Chelsea managed to get another Premier League win as Maurizio Sarri and his players look to get back on track after a spell of poor results and drama.
They beat a stubborn Fulham side 2-1 at Craven Cottage thanks to strikes from Gonzalo Higuain and Jorginho. Plenty happened beyond the goals though, so here, Sportsmail has compiled some things you might have missed from the day’s action. Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was back at it again on Sunday. In the build-up to the game against Fulham, he carried a ‘Please Keep Off The Grass’ sign off the pitch, while walking on the grass it was supposed to be protecting. A blatant disregard of the rules in the continuing saga of this renegade. In reality, Kepa was back in action against Fulham for the first time since the drama of the Carabao Cup final, even making a couple of good stops in an attempt to win over his manager and the Chelsea faithful. He was fined for his actions in refusing to be substituted against Manchester City, and Chelsea chiefs are now hoping the whole episode is behind them.
Jorginho’s nutmeg embarrassment
He may have scored a sublime goal in the first half but that didn’t stop him being totally embarrassed at the hands of Fulham’s Ryan Babel in the second half. Babel pulled off the cheekiest of nutmegs around the hour mark leaving Jorginho trailing behind him. The Chelsea man looked to the sky in frustration as he watched the red-haired forward dribble off into the distance.
Hazard catching up to the Chelsea greats
With his assist to Jorginho during the first half of Chelsea’s game against Fulham, Eden Hazard added yet another impressive stat to his list of achievements at the club. He is now just the third Chelsea player ever to rack up over 50 goals and over 50 assists in the Premier League, behind Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard. The Belgian now has 81 goals and 50 assists to his name. Drogba has 104 goals and 54 assists, so is quite catchable. However, Frank Lampard has an impressive 177 goals and 102 assists, so Hazard still has some way to go yet.
A Seri-ous mix-up
Sky Sports made a bit of an error as they showed the line-ups for the Fulham vs Chelsea match on Sunday. Playing alongside Ryan Babel and Tom Cairney during the match was Ryan Sessegnon, and they certainly got the name right. However, the picture they used was of Ivorian midfielder Jean Michael Seri, not the Englishman Sessegnon, confusing viewers.
The importance of Aleksandar Mitrovic
Aleksandar Mitrovic has scored a pretty impressive 10 goals this season, but Fulham are still languishing in 19th in the Premier League. Without him, they’d be doing even worse, as stats show that the Serb is extremely important to the club. According to Opta, his goals have won Fulham 11 points this season, meaning alone he’s contributed to 65 per cent of Fulham’s 17 points. That percentage is by far and away the most out of any Premier League player this season. Second is Everton’s Richarlison, who has contributed to 31 per cent of Everton’s points, and Glenn Murray has contributed to 30 per cent of Brighton’s points.