But Kepa nearly proved the decision to be a mistake when he failed to deal with a routine cross on 18 minutes and, had Fulham forward Ryan Babel been more alert, the Netherlands worldwide would surely have put his side 1-0 ahead. Now the situation is closed.
While one of these teams seems certain for relegation, and the other is battling to make it into Europe, there was very little difference in quality between them on the well-watered baize of SW6's other stadium on Sunday lunchtime.
He added: "You go from the best league in the world to the Championship, so there will be some restructuring, but that's probably a conversation to have at the end of the season".
The managerial merry-go-round never comes to a rest, but in recent weeks its speed has really picked up.
"I think Zidane would be a very good appointment at Chelsea".
"I just tried to free him up". But, with another man, yes, of course, I could have done it in another way. I could have done it in another way. With him, I know him very well and know very well it wasn't the right solution [to omit him].
"I know the man very well". "You learn how to deal with the press; it is very specialised, they have top commentators [with] great experience in football, the journalists are also very clever in using the emotion of football in Italy". He made a mistake and a misunderstanding. "It was different to the way we played in the first three months", said the German global.
"My opinion about Jorginho is the same", said Sarri.
'I think that in the first 30 minutes, we understood why Jorginho is very important for our play, ' he said after Chelsea booked their place in the Europa League last 16. Of course, for him, it's not easy a first season in this football with a new team. He also made a comfortable save from a Mitrovic header late on, ensuring the home side's pressure did not result in an equalising goal. In that position, we have some problems. "The answer from him was really very good".
Sixth-placed Chelsea have 56 points, five behind third-placed Spurs, who they beat 2-0 last Wednesday.
From beleaguered to bullish, Maurizio Sarri's Blues now scent Champions League qualification.
"We talked together in the dressing room about Arsenal-Tottenham".
Much of Chelsea's improvement have happened in their defensive phase as they have only conceded once in their last four matches.