Last night’s game was a big one for both the teams playing. Not only because of the team’s famous history, the London Derby, but also because a win for Chelsea would mean that their hold of a top-four spot would become stronger while a win for Fulham would mean that their hopes of avoiding relegation would still be alive.
With lots to play for both the teams, it was sure to a feisty game however, it was more of a one-sided performance as the bigger club easily defeated their derby rivals, 2-0, and took home all three points. With this win, Fulham are all but relegated to the Championship unless some miracle happens while the Blues have now moved six points clear of 5th position, West Ham United. Let’s take a look at the three talking points from the game.
#1 Tuchel cannot rush the youngsters into the first team
While there were a lot of positives for the Blues to take away from this game, one player who struggled a lot today was 19-year-old, Billy Gilmour. The Scottish player played his 3rd league game today and this was also his first start in the Premier League this season. The player is a highly talented individual and has been compared to the likes of Xavi Iniesta.
Thomas Tuchel said before the game that he was happy with Gilmour on the training grounds and thus decided to start home however, the youngster will be disappointed with his overall performance. He made quite a few errors in the first half and got dispossessed in dangerous areas. Thiago Silva’s defending skills saved the youngster from a few blushes but overall he was not up to the mark. He improved his game in the second half however, he was lacking in physicality and he must improve in that aspect if he wants to become a regular for Chelsea.