Promise kept! Pochettino and Chelsea turn things up at Craven Cottage

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Mauricio Pochettino said after the win against Brighton in the Carabao Cup third round fixture, that it ‘must be’ the time that Chelsea turn their season around.

Indeed, it was promise kept, as a young Chelsea team delivered the goods away from home.

Despite fielding a depleted squad, there was marked improvement, as Chelsea dominated Fulham away from home.

18 minutes into the tie, Mykhailo Mudryk benefitted from an accurate Levi Colwill pass to send Chelsea ahead.

The next goal came instantly, as Armando Broja benefited from a mix-up at the back to score Chelsea’s second a minute later. The 22-year-old will take the credit, even though the ball hit him into goal, rather than the other way round.

Chelsea had other chances to add to the scoreline, and Fulham had a couple too, with Robert Sanchez making a point-blank save in the second half to ensure a clean sheet. Sanchez also nearly cost his team at one point, but covered up for his mistake.

Indeed, this was a step in the right direction, as the team played well. Enzo Fernandez and Moises Caicedo formed a good partnership, with Cole Palmer becoming the new ‘Joe Cole’ of the Chelsea team.

The backline was solid as well, and Mykhailo Mudryk also looks to be getting form at the right time.