Cole Palmer Willian Malo Gusto Chelsea Fulham 2023-24Getty/GOAL

Chelsea player ratings vs Fulham: Cole Palmer's as cold as ice but reckless Malo Gusto should thank his lucky stars as VAR does him a huge favour

Luck - and VAR - was on Chelsea's side as Mauricio Pochettino's men edged Fulham 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday to move up to eighth in the Premier League table. Indeed, Malo Gusto could have had no complaints had he been shown a straight red for a crunching, studs-up challenge on Willian, with referee Anthony Taylor opting to only show a yellow.

The Blues were far from their best but had that man Cole Palmer to thank as he was the match winner yet again. The 21-year-old was the coolest man in the stadium as he stepped up and sent Bernd Leno the wrong way from the spot to score his ninth league goal in what has been a hugely impressive debut season at the club.

There's no doubt Chelsea fans would've been nervy at the end as Fulham pushed for a late equaliser but Thiago Silva and Enzo Fernandez were determined to ensure that wouldn't be the case, throwing themselves in front of everything in stoppage time to ensure there would be no late twist.

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