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"So we played very well for 60 minutes and then were very exhausted, but I think that's the normal reaction to our seven days".

Yet barely six minutes later Craven Cottage erupted when Calum Chambers drifted unmarked to the back post and scored from a Ryan Babel cross following a corner. Now the situation is closed.

There's only one sticking point though, and that is down to whether the Blues can fill their Home-Grown Player Quota for next season. I think that he can do better. We didn't kill the match and then in the last 20-25 minutes we were really very exhausted - physically but also mentally. "His reaction was really very good". I spoke with him during this week and he understood. "This is big". In the end, it looks like it was not big because it looks like a misunderstanding. But, with another man, yes, of course, I could have done it in another way. I could have done it in another way. So, for him, it's very important to finish the match in that way. In the last 20 or 25 minutes we were in trouble because we were very exhausted mentally and physically after 120 minutes against Manchester City and a strong match against Tottenham.

However, Kepa was apparently not made aware of Sarri's plan before the game, and that led to his refusal to be taken off just before the shootout, with the Spaniard insisting that he only had cramp and was not injured. At first there was a downfall to Chelsea's Sarri-ball play.

"I feel the same as before, but happier because the results are positive".

Responses to Chelsea's birthday wishes on Twitter soon flooded in with one joking that he 'is the only player that hasn't let me down this season'.

Well, in that case, the team which lifts the Europa League would go directly into the Champions League next season.

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I think that he can do better. "I think that he played very well in the last match [against Tottenham], better in the second half than in the first half".

This season may still turn out to be a successful one, but it hasn't been without it's difficulty. In that position, we have some problems.

Sixth-placed Chelsea have 56 points, five behind third-placed Spurs, who they beat 2-0 last Wednesday.

'Jorginho has a very strong character, a very strong personality, ' Sarri said. Now we are only two points from the top four.

'We are fighting. In the last four matches I think we did well.

But what happens if Chelsea or Arsenal manage to lift the Europa League?

Revealing he didn't tell Kepa he had been recalled until a team meeting on the day of the game, Sarri said: 'He played very well. That was very important for our confidence.

The Blues have shown a minor resurgence in recent times with their wins over Tottenham and Fulham but they are still a team not firing on all cylinders.

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