It has been a strange 10 days for Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri and his favoured midfielder, Jorginho but the trio have come out of it unscathed.
Here’s the twist. Jorginho got himself a rare goal, one that comes once in as many matches as you can think.
There have been cries aplenty with Chelsea fans calling for the ousting of Jorginho and an integration of Hudson-Odoi into the team but the midfielder has taken a significant step towards redemption winning the hearts of a section of Chelsea fans in the process.
Fulham looked doomed to relegation before the arrival of Scott Parker and at the moment look pretty much condemned to Championship football come next season with Chelsea dealing a significant blow to their survival hopes.
Many wagging tongues would agree to that in as early as the 20th– minute when Gonzalo Higuain got the first of the night after Fulham lost a very good chance to the safe hands of Kepa with Babel failing to recover in time to finish off the rebound.
Rudiger swept the ball out to Brazilian International, Willian who played in Cesar Azpilicueta. The full-back in turn sent a low cross to Higuain who showed how much of predatory instincts he had in him.
But just eight minutes after, Fulham looked like they had an answer to all of Chelsea’s troubles with Babel taking the ball from a short corner and scooping it into the box for Calum Chambers to convert at the back post.
Craven Cottage erupted with the fans jeering and cheering, well, only for three minutes before Jorginho scored his first goal from open play only a week after missing a spot kick.
He curled a beautiful 20-yard shot past the reach of Sergio Rico after appeals for a freekick from a challenge on Bryan by Jorginho was waved off.
His expertise in stringing passes once again played out when he sent a clever pass off the top of Fulham defense but Higuain just failed to hit the mark.
His contribution was then acknowledged in the second half when he was replaced by Kovacic with the former Madrid man failing to replicate Jorginho heroics.
Fulham 1-2 Chelsea it ended.