These coming weeks will definitely decide if there is a place at Stamford Bridge for Mauricio Sarri; aiming for the Champions League spots they need points in all their premier league games and with the high standards of the modern game, they will need to perform in their Europa League matches against relatively weak opposition.
And with 19th-placed Fulham next up, Sarri has his sights on a top-four finish.
This was an important victory for Chelsea, whose Champions League fate is still in their own hands - Sarri's side are now two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United but have played one game fewer due to their participation in the League Cup final. "I felt big pressure in Serie C, and very little sometimes in the Champions League".
Robert Pires is tipping Chelsea FC to part company with Maurizio Sarri before the start of next season - and he says Zinedine Zidane would be a great appointment for the Blues.
'I can kill him, but I don't think it is right.
'He has a good mentality.
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Exploiting the space left by Fulham's creaky defence, Hazard and Willian both tested Rico with low drives soon after the restart.Even with the perennially inconsistent David Luiz left on the bench, there were still moments of uncertainty from Chelsea at back. We need from everybody, the squad is ready to fight for everything and we have been working really hard.
"We have two games in the Premier League before the global break, we have to be focused on those, and two legs of the Europa League and let's see where we can finish, but our aim as always at Chelsea is to try to finish as high as possible".
"It was different from the way we played in the first three months".
"I'm very, very happy for him because he scored, but my opinion about Jorginho is the same", Sarri added.
Parker said: "I was a player here for four years, and came back as a coach, and ultimately there was a brand and identity to Fulham that everyone understood: passing team; lovely family football club". The Blues lined up in a 4-5-1 / 4-2-3-1 formation as opposed to the normal 4-3-3.
Another man who found a measure of redemption at Craven Cottage was Jorginho, who netted the game's decisive goal - and his first for Chelsea since the opening day of the season - after this week pledging to win over the supporters who have criticised him.