New Fulham players to be told about Chelsea rivalry

New Fulham players will get a history lesson ahead of the game against Chelsea.

The likes of Joachim Andersen, Alphonse Areola, Kenny Tete, Tosin Adarabioyo, and Ade Lookman will be told just how much a derby against means to Whites fans.

Fulham supporters like to beat big teams and other London clubs, but the real prize are the points gained from the other side with a SW6 postcode.

Head coach Scott Parker said he will make it his duty to prepare the team, physically, mentally – and get them to understand the intensity of a special west London rivalry.

Former Chelsea and Fulham player Parker said: “Do they know the importance? They will do.

“It’s always difficult when a new player comes into the squad and doesn’t know the history.

“So you have to build that connection; that story, and let them understand what it means to the fans; what it means to the football club; the derby atmosphere, and how the two clubs have evolved over the last 15 years.”

The one player with an interest in both clubs will be one of the few spectators at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is ruled out by the terms of his loan at Fulham from Chelsea.