ROB­BIE FOWLER Liver­pool must turn up or Silva’s slick side will paint Merseyside Blue

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Sport -

THE West Lon­don derby be­tween Chelsea and Ful­ham has added spice, with Clau­dio Ranieri go­ing back to Stam­ford Bridge.

No one is ex­pect­ing him to win the Pre­mier League ti­tle again, as he did in­cred­i­bly with Le­ices­ter City, but al­ready the ap­point­ment has paid div­i­dends with last week’s win over Southamp­ton. He al­ways seems to lift a place and cre­ate a har­mo­nious at­mos­phere wher­ever he goes.

Is it a sign of great­ness or is he just a great bloke?

What no one can take away from him is his ti­tle-win­ning suc­cess with Le­ices­ter. But Clau­dio (left) will have to go some to lead Ful­ham to vic­tory to­day be­cause Chelsea will be look­ing to flush that bad re­sult against Spurs out of their sys­tem.

Chelsea need to get back on track im­me­di­ately if they are not go­ing to fall be­hind in the ti­tle race. Ranieri didn’t do a bad job at Chelsea be­fore be­com­ing owner Ro­man Abramovich’s first – of many – man­age­rial sack­ings.

He earned that tag as the Tinker­man and that has stuck with him through­out his ca­reer.

No mat­ter what per­mu­ta­tions he comes up with, I re­ally can’t see any­thing but a Chelsea win.

REP­U­TA­TIONS ON THE LINE Marco Silva faces his first derby day test, and Rob­bie (right) with his ‘co­caine’cel­e­bra­tion

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