Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel: 'We were spot on.'
The Blues' match-winner Kai Havertz: 'It is easy for us to create chances'
FT: Chelsea 2-0 Fulham.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel says his side were “spot on” when they hosted Fulham at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The west London club sealed a 2-0 victory over Scott Parker's Whites in the London derby, thanks to a brace from Kai Havertz.
The win strengthens the Blues’ grip on a top place as they sit fourth, two points of third-placed Leicester, six and seven points clear of West Ham and Liverpool respectively - each of whom have a game in hand.
While Fulham stay nine points adrift of safety with just four games to play in the Premier League.
Following the Blues’ win, Tuchel told Sky Sports: "We knew Fulham gives everyone a hard time. They make you under-perform and they make you suffer. You cannot get confused with the table. That's why I have the highest respect for what we did today. It was tough for us but we hang in the game. We could decide the match earlier but it was a tough and a very important win.
"We were spot on. It was what we demanded from ourselves. We showed the pride we are capable of - to do it in between two big games. I'm beyond happy that we did it. There was no lack of concentration. We had some trouble which everyone against this Fulham side has but there was no lack of concentration and that was key."
On Kai Havertz, the German said: "For sure, this is what we want if someone gets his chance. He scored two decisive goals and he was involved along with Timo [Werner] - two very good performances from our strikers how it should be."
Asked about Mason Mount’s fitness, he asserted: "I hope really that Mason [Mount] is not a big thing and hopefully he can fully recover for Real Madrid."
Chelsea match-winner Kai Havertz explained how vital beating Fulham was: "I think it was very important. We have to come in the top four of the Premier League, that is our goal for the season and this win today is crucial for us. Then, on Wednesday we have another important game so we're happy with the win.
"I scored very early so it gave me a little bit of confidence, it is always good to score and I'm happy to help the team. I hope I can continue like this on Wednesday."
On the assists from Mason Mount and Timo Werner, the attacking midfield maestro said: "We have a lot of quality players in our team and for us it is easy to create chances. When you have midfielders like this behind you it is always."
When asked if today's performance help him start against Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday, he replied: "I'm always desperate to start games, I play football. But I know we have a lot of quality players in the team and the other players play well as well.
"I keep going, train hard and give my best. We will see on Wednesday."