Chelsea Finally found the net in a 2-0 win away to the neighbours Fulham With Monday in the Premier League Mykhailo Mudrik Scored the first goal for the Blues and Armando Broza Also on target to celebrate a full return from injury.
Mauricio Pochettino’s big-spending side had failed to score in each of their previous three league games and had scored just five goals in six league matches this season before their visit to Craven Cottage.
But within two minutes of the first half they seized control of the west London derby. In the 18th minute, Ukraine Winger Mudrik dropped the cross off the chest Levi Colwill And the ball goes past the Fulham goalkeeper Bernd Leno Broza doubled the lead a minute later before some poor defending by the hosts.
It was Mudric’s first goal since signing for Chelsea nine months ago while Broza – a suspended transfer Nicholas Jackson — Was making his first start since enduring a knee injury in late 2022. He was replaced an hour later with the help of Chelsea’s medical staff.
“It’s an incredible feeling. It’s been a long time coming,” Broza told talkSPORT of his goal. “We’re playing as a team, it’s not going to happen overnight.
“It’s important for us to have that time and continue to progress as a team.”
Ian MatsenAfter Mudric, who came off the bench at half-time also picked up a knock, almost made it three for Chelsea in the 62nd minute when he hit the post as the visitors cruised to their second league win of the season.
The result pushed Chelsea into 11th place with eight points, ahead of Fulham, who are 13th on goal difference.
“The performance was great — a lot of good things, very positive things. We have to keep working, keep believing,” said a relieved Pochettino. “The belief was there…and the team finally got what we wanted. Now it’s about being ruthless and working really hard and finding better solutions.”
Pochettino played down concerns that Broza, Moises Caicedo and Enzo Fernandez might have picked up fresh injuries — other key players have already been sidelined — but said Mudric felt a problem with his thigh at the end of the first half.
Fulham coach Marco Silva lamented what he said was his team’s offer of soft goals to the visitors.
“It created a really difficult situation for us and the perfect one for Chelsea,” he noted.
The Portuguese has rejected suggestions his side are missing the firepower of Serbia forward Aleksandar Mitrovic, who joined Saudi club Al-Hilal in August, saying he is only focused on his current players.
“Obviously we have to keep working,” added Silva. “We have to be more effective. We have to make better decisions.”