What a difference a week makes.
And amid their poor run of form, Spurs have subsequently allowed the clubs chasing them in the league table to close the points gap in the race for a Champions League spot. Both lost two points. We are fighting. In the last four matches, we did well. "Now we have to try to get to the targets that we want".
Chelsea owner Abramovich has hired 10 different permanent first-team managers during his 16-year tenure at the helm.
The Argentine has enjoyed a decent return since making his loan move from Juventus in January, and he recently scored his third league goal against Fulham on the road.
Now Chelsea are emboldened.
Kepa, brought back into the starting XI exactly a week after refusing to be substituted in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City, made key saves from Aleksandar Mitrovic in each half as Chelsea withstood sustained spells of Fulham pressure to maintain their top-four challenge.
But Sarri had insisted Kepa remained his 'first choice and the world's most expensive keeper returned in place of Willy Caballero after his one-game demotion. City won the shootout 4-3. "He understood the mistake so he was able to react very well", Sarri said.
Hazard added: "The week was not so easy for him, but he's a great goalkeeper and he's a great guy".
He said: "After what happened in that final with Maurizio Sarri and Kepa, immediately everybody was convinced that the manager was going to be sacked".
In the assists department, Hazard is once again the runaway leader with 11 to his tally with the next best players (Ross Barkley and Cezar Azpilicueta) on only four each. "He's 24, done nothing in the game and feels he can challenge the manager like that".
'I can kill him, but I don't think it is right.