Chelsea are 2-0 up against Fulham inside the opening 20 minutes at Craven Cottage after Mykhailo Mudryk opened the scoring before Armando Broja added a second
Mauricio Pochettino was forced to make changes to his team following the Carabao Cup third-round victory against Brighton last week. Nicolas Jackson is suspended for tonight’s clash against Fulham after receiving five yellow cards in his opening six Premier League appearances.
Meanwhile, Pochettino revealed that Raheem Sterling had not trained for threedays prior to the game at Craven Cottage tonight after suffering from a virus. Speaking ahead of kick-off, the Chelsea boss explained his decision to start Broja alongside Mudryk and Cole Palmer in attack.
“Raheem Sterling didn’t train in the last three days because of a virus,” Pochettino told Sky Sports. “That is why we play with Armando – he’s ready.
“Maybe we don’t know if he can play 90 minutes. Hopefully, he can deal with the competition after a long period [out].”
Broja missed a golden chance to score inside five minutes after rounding Bernd Leno – before firing the ball over the crossbar with Fulham defenders tracking back to try and block his shot. However, the Blues soon found the lead through Mudryk as he netted his first Premier League goal for the club since completing an £88million move to Stamford Bridge 10 months ago.
Broja atoned for his earlier misjudgement as he latched onto the ball and cooly slotted past Leno to double Chelsea’s lead. football.london has taken a look at the best reactions from Blues’ supporters on social media…
@CFCgavv posted: “So happy for Mudryk *clapping emoji*.” @noah_mulryan said: “Mudryk has scored a goal. I’m actually happy for him cuz the jokes were just getting unfunny and cringe.”
@ConnCFC posted: “What a pass, what a goal. Lets goooo Mudryk.”
@MCFCDrue said: “The debate is over. Broja >>>> Jackson,” hinting that the Albanian striker is already better than Nicolas Jackson.
@Giift_Masiya10 posted: “Armando Broja, how I have missed you my old friend.”