Claudio Ranieri is relishing his return to former club Chelsea as he prepares for west London derby, his second game in charge of Fulham.
“It’s special because when I meet my former teams, it’s always something special,” he told a news conference on Friday.
“(But) for me, playing against Chelsea arrives too soon, because when you play against them you must be attentive. But we are working hard. I hope we can do a good derby.”
“In football, there are two things – when you have the ball and when you lose it, ” he said.
“The first striker is the first keeper, the first defender in my opinion is the striker, everybody has to attack and everybody has to defend,” he said.
“When I say I have to work in a defensive way I don’t tell just the full backs, I tell everybody because everybody must work and help the others, the midfielders to the defensive line, the defensive line to the keeper.”
FULHAM TEAM NEWS
Fulham starting XI: Rico, Sessegnon, Odoi, Mawson, Le Marchand, Chambers, Christie, Seri, Johansen, Cairney, Mitrovic.
Subs: Bettinelli, Kebano, Ayite, Ream, Byram, Cisse, Kamara.