Jorginho was booed by Chelsea fans when going on as a substitute in the recent win over Malmo and missed a penalty in the Carabao Cup final shootout loss to Manchester City. He actually began the match nervously, nearly dropping a cross at the feet of Ryan Babel after mistiming his jump, but he made amends by pulling off good stops from Tom Cairney and Joe Bryan in the first half as Fulham sought to go in level at the break.
Given the lack of minutes on the pitch, many were surprised the club's social media team were able to use a gallery of images of Drinkwater in action.
"My opinion about Jorginho is the same", said Sarri.
There's only one sticking point though, and that is down to whether the Blues can fill their Home-Grown Player Quota for next season. But Kepa is a man and understood, and reacted very well. I would have left him out of this game and beyond. We didn't kill the match and then in the last 20-25 minutes we were really very exhausted - physically but also mentally. His reaction today was very good. "He made a mistake, but now that is enough".
But Sarri had insisted Kepa remained his 'first choice and the world's most expensive keeper returned in place of Willy Caballero after his one-game demotion. "This is big". In the end, it looks like it was not big because it looks like a misunderstanding. But, with another man, yes of course. With him, I know him very well and know very well it wasn't the right solution. In the last 20 or 25 minutes we were in trouble because we were very exhausted mentally and physically after 120 minutes against Manchester City and a strong match against Tottenham.
The Argentine has enjoyed a decent return since making his loan move from Juventus in January, and he recently scored his third league goal against Fulham on the road. "Both lost two points", Hazard told Chelsea TV. 'You saw the way we played against Tottenham and City?
"It was a sad reflection on where we are with the modern player".
Chelsea's next Premier League fixtures are against Wolves, Everton, Cardiff and West Ham, before the trip to title-chasing Liverpool on April 14. We need from everybody, the squad is ready to fight for everything and we have been working really hard. That was very important for our confidence.
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