Fulham’s Official Starting Eleven vs Chelsea


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 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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