Chelsea returned to winning ways in the English Premier League on Sunday after defeating London neighbours Fulham 2-0 without Victor Moses, for the umpteenth time, at Stamford Bridge, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Chelsea who suffered their first defeat of the season last Sunday to Tottenham at Wembley, secured their ninth EPL win thanks to strikes in each half by Pedro Rodriguez in the third minute and Reuben Loftus-Cheek eight minutes from time.
The 27-year-old Moses who is expected to leave Chelsea in January has seen just 26 minutes of Premier League football this season for Chelsea.
The Blues made a strong start to the game and were ahead after three minutes.
N’golo Kante robbed Jean Michel Seri of the ball and laid a good pass for Pedro to finish from close range. The goal was Pedro’s fifth of the season and the 34th Fulham were conceding this season.
Calum Chambers a chance at goal in the 17th minute but his shot on target was saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal for Chelsea.
The Blues dominated play with their passes but failed to break the defence line of Fulham. Olivier Giroud was denied by a vital block from Sergio Rico in goal for Fulham in the 43rd minute when he got a good goalward touch.
At the start of the second half, Claudio Ranieri made two substitutions replacing Ryan Sessegnon for Aboubakar Kamara and Stefan Johansen for Floyd Ayite.
Maurizio Sarri also brought on Reuben Loftus-Cheek and Alvaro Morata for Mateao Kovacic and Giroud.
Morata and had a chance to double Chelsea’s lead in the 73rd minute but he blazed shot from close range over the bar.
Loftus-Cheek making his 50th appearance for Chelsea sealed the win for the Blues finishing off a brilliant team play involving Morata and Eden Hazard.
It was his fifth goal in five games for Chelsea.
Chelsea moved back to third place in the EPL table with Tottenham Hotspur to take on Arsenal at the Emirates stadium later on Sunday.
The Blues will face Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux stadium in their next game before hosting Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
By Johnny Edward