After a goalless and drab first half, Andre Schurrle hit a hat-trick in less than 20 minutes, running onto through balls to use his pace and finish well each time. Johnny Heitinga scored Fulham's goal after a corner later in the game.
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First half quick analysis
Cech: Made one low save from a free kick but nothing else to do—Dempsey should have beat him though.
Ivanovic: Not aggressive in getting forward, given away a silly foul and has been troubled down Fulham's left.
Cahill: Excellent defending inside his own area.
Terry: Should have been booked early on and lucky not to give a chance on goal away after a slip.
Azpilicueta: Solid without being spectacular.
Matic: Has won the ball well in the middle and kept the ball moving.
Ramires: His runs from deep are going to be key in breaking Fulham's defence, but needs more end product.
Schurrle: Rubbish. Hasn't run beyond Fulham's defence, set piece delivery shocking.
Oscar: Not really involved enough yet, needs to do more.
Hazard: Chelsea's continual out-ball especially on the counter. Looks a threat but lacks support and options.
Torres: Lazy off the ball movement, should have done better on an early chance then might have scored with a late effort near half-time.
Second half quick analysis
Cech: Comfortable afternoon, a couple of good saves.
Ivanovic: Strangely cumbersome and clumsy in his challenges. Perhaps not quite physically at his best.
Cahill: An excellent all-round performance, very consistent.
Terry: Improved after the break but still a couple of shaky moments.
Azpilicueta: Does his job quietly and well, exactly like today.
Matic: The game bypassed him at times after the break.
Ramires: Did well to push the team forward from time to time. Roved further up the pitch in second half.
Schurrle: Complete opposite to first half performance. Pace, direct running, composed finishing.
Oscar: Didn't have a good game.
Hazard: Chelsea's biggest threat and carved open the defence for two goals.
Torres: Claimed an assist but easy to see why strikers are Chelsea's weak spot.