Fulham’s Official Starting Eleven vs Chelsea

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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.”

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Fulham starting XI: Rico, Sessegnon, Odoi, Mawson, Le Marchand, Chambers, Christie, Seri, Johansen, Cairney, Mitrovic.

Subs: Bettinelli, Kebano, Ayite, Ream, Byram, Cisse, Kamara.

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