Blues get back to winning ways thanks to goals from Pedro and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in West London derby

The little midfielder was heavily criticised by his own manager in midweek for lacking the technical ability to play at the heart of the team.

Whoever is right the France World Cup winner shrugged off the commetns and was on hand to provide the assist which saw Chelsea relieve the pressure after last Saturday’s stuffing by Tottenham.

Kante nicked the ball off Fulham midfielder Jean Michael Seri in the centre circle then raced into the box before passing to team-mate Pedro.

The Spanish winger then buried a low shot after only three and a half minutes to score Chelsea’s quickest Premier League goal of the season.

It was also the first time since the 3-2 victory over Arsenal in August that they had scored inside the first 20 minutes.

Despite the early boost Sarri will still not be happy with his team’s overall performance even though sub Ruben Loftus Cheek added the second and killer goal eight minutes from time.

The midday kick off affected both sets of players in a tepid London derby but Sarri had wanted a big response from his players in the wake of last weekend’s thrashing by Spurs.

But instead they managed just a handful of chances and almost lost the lead when Calum Chambers had a brilliant header saved at point blank range by Chelsea keeper Kepa and goalscorer Pedro had to clear off the line.

Chambers also had a powerful shot from the edge of the area pushed away by Kepa as Fulham fought back in the second half.

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata missed from three yards just three minutes after coming on but fellow sub Ruben Loftus Cheek settled the game in the 82nd minute after a great combination with Spaniard Pedro with a curling shot from 15 yards.

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