The German international opened the scoring in the 10th minute finishing a gorgeous pass in-between Fulham defenders from Mason Mount. The half time narrow lead was followed by Kai Havertz’s second in the 49th minute after his fellow German, Timo Werner, exquisitely controlled the ball before laying a sweet smooth pass for him.
Chelsea defence ensured that goalkeeper Eduardo Mendy had little to deal with in the whole game with the only frightening moment coming one minute to halftime following Ola Aina’s deflected shot.
Chelsea are now unbeaten in their past 19 home matches against Fulham in all competitions (W11 D8), a record running back to 1979.
Chelsea are now fourth with 61 points, two behind third placed Leicester City and six ahead of fifth placed West Ham United.
Elsewhere, Manchester City moved a step closer to clinching the Premier League tittle with a 2-0 win over Crystal palace. Goals from Sergio Aguero and Ferran Torres ensured Pep Guardiola’s men need two points or a Manchester United loss against Liverpool when the two sides meet today (Sunday).
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel’s record
When ‘The Blues’ beat Fulham to cement their top four finish on Saturday, Manager Thomas Tuchel made a Premier League history, topping former Chelsea managers Jose Mourinho and Luiz Felipe Scolari in the process.
The German tactician has secured more shutouts (clean sheets) through his opening 15 games than any manager before him in the English top flight.