Chelsea put their sluggish start behind them on Monday night as they registered a much-needed second win of their Premier League campaign. A short trip in west London saw them take on Fulham at Craven Cottage, which would have proven a difficult test for most teams.
For the Blues, it was a match that provided opportunity and one that their youthful squad took with both hands. A quick start saw a couple of big chances missed early on, but unlike previous games, they weren't made to pay for their inability to finish.
Instead, they pushed on and forced more chances, with Mykhailo Mudryk finally scoring his first in Chelsea colours since making the big-money move back in January. A second was required for more comfort in the game and the away side got just that as Armando Broja profited from a Tim Ream error to double the lead.
The rest of the match played out in relative ease, with a few opportunities to extend the lead, but it was a two-goal cushion they settled on. It moves the Blues up to 11th and with the run of fixtures to come, they will be hopeful that it's a solid foundation to build from.
A return to the Champions League is still possible, with plenty of games left in the campaign, and that will certainly be the aim. So with that said, here's a look at Chelsea's fixtures and how they compare to their rivals in the chase for a top four finish come the end of the season.
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