Kai Havertz’s brace secured a 2-Zero win over Fulham on Saturday.
The £71million signing netted both aspect of half-time to maneuver the Blues six factors away from fifth-placed West Ham, who play Burnley on Monday.
In the meantime, Fulham stay 9 factors from security with their closest rivals Newcastle internet hosting Arsenal on Sunday.
The Cottagers began brightly as Antonee Robinson’s long-range shot was tipped over the crossbar by Edouard Mendy.
Scott Parker’s aspect discovered themselves behind within the 10th minute when Mason Mount excellently managed a protracted Thiago Silva go to play Havertz by means of on objective.
And the German calmly completed previous Alphonse Areola to interrupt the impasse.
With Chelsea struggling to create probabilities, that they had Mendy to thank for preserving their lead intact at half-time.
Ademola Lookman examined the goalkeeper with a low effort, earlier than the Senegal worldwide did effectively to save lots of a deflected Ola Aina simply earlier than the break.
Regardless of ending the first-half strongly, Fulham have been 2-Zero down inside 4 minutes of the restart.
A sensible one-two between Timo Werner and Havertz resulted within the latter finishing his brace.
Havertz doubled his Premier League tally to 4 objectives in only one match with the midfielder flourishing below Thomas Tuchel.
Chelsea had an harm scare when Mount stayed down after a painful-looking fall, however he was in a position to play on earlier than being changed by Tammy Abraham with 14 minutes to go.