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Fulham Motivated To Beat Chelsea

According to a report in Metro, Fulham boss Martin Jol has been told that he would remain in the memory of the Craven Cottage faithful forever if his side manage to beat their city rivals Chelsea as they make the short visit to Stamford Bridge today.

Jose Mourinho is a man under pressure as his side fell prey to Swiss side FC Basel in the opening round of the UEFA Champions League group stage. The Blues took the lead in the tie through Oscar’s opening goal at the stroke of half time. However, the visitors were in no mood to sit back, and they took advantage of the fact that Chelsea wasted numerous opportunities to extend their lead. Basel eventually scored two goals in the final third of the game, and snatched all three points. The result is hardly what the Chelsea fans wanted, as the side also lost at the weekend to Everton at Goodison Park, in a game which also replicated the chances wasted by the Blues.

Fulham visiting will not provide an easy test for the Blues as the Cottagers will be looking to kickstart their season after a rocky start. Jol’s men began their Barclays Premier League campaign with visitors West Bromwich Albion managing a draw at Craven Cottage. The next fixture saw them visit St. James Park to face Newcastle United, and a late strike by Hatem Ben Arfa was enough to snatch away all three points. Then came the painful fixture against arch rivals Arsenal, and the Gunners showed fine form, beating Fulham 1-3. There was some respite for Jol, as his side battled it out against Sunderland in the fourth game of their campaign and were able to seal the first win of their season against Paulo Di Canio’s men.

With a relatively poor start to the season, Jol’s position is already looking uncertain, but the Fulham Supporter’s Trust (FST) have given him the opportunity of earning a place in Fulham history if he manages to get a positive result at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

FST spokesman Dan Crawford said, “The manager has to take some responsibility but calling for his head on the basis or three or four games is a bit of an instant reaction.”

“Jol has the backing of the majority of fans, it is incredibly early in the season. There is one way for him to answer those critics, win at Stamford Bridge and he would write himself into Fulham folklore.”

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