First half we were excellent, second half we were pretty poor. Fulham are also very bad and we should have finished them off in the first half.
In many respects this game reminded me of how we played in the beginning of the season. We were quicker with the ball in the first half, created chances, but didn't bury them as much as we could have (although great finishes from Higuain and Jorginho). In the second half we seemed to have our brain-fart moments where we let them create so much and were slow on the ball and in the press. I do wonder actually if that was because of tiredness? Some players started looking like they were running through treacle and might want resting. I don't blame them of course as we've had a difficult schedule + 30 mins extra time in the League Cup Final.
I spent the game really focusing on Jorginho. I don't doubt why Sarri sees a player like him as so important to the team and it does make sense to me. The issue is I don't see what is so special about him specifically over, say, Kovacic playing there. And neither of them justifies playing Kante out of position. That said, regarding Kovacic, did anyone else notice how much more quickly he moves the ball compared to Jorginho? What surprised me was he didn't receive the ball very much compared to Jorginho, but every time he did he'd play a one touch pass and that would allow us to go forward more quickly. The problem for Jorginho is not the players around him not moving enough, but he is too slow to make those passes and often gets beaten off the ball when under pressure and is very slow to track back. To give him the benefit of the doubt, this might be just him adapting to the Premier League. Still, I'm not convinced by him even if the goal was class.
Credit to Sarri as well. He is actually trying to mix up his substitutions and I think he is beginning to listen to constructive criticism.
Top four and Europa League is still a possibility!