As Chelsea prepare to get back on track after suffering a demoralising league loss to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur last weekend at Wembley, the Blues are also having to fend off interest from none-other than Barcelona for one of their players.
He never quite reached the goal scoring heights for Arsenal that he'd hit in France and at Chelsea he's only managed four league goals in 24 appearances but, even with the addition of a beard, he remains as good looking as ever.
"But I want to see him in a match when he has to play in a defensive phase".
"It's always special (returning to Chelsea), " added Ranieri.
"Try! It's no problem, try!"
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When we started against Chelsea we were going to play 12 games in 40 days - that means we will play every three days. To enjoy the life because I love to play football.
The technique with which he scored his second goal of the night emphasized the fact that he's in form and he's ready to start more games. I ask him during training, "shoot at goal, shoot at goal", but he passes and he passes. "I'm very happy with this".
"Maybe when he comes to me on the bench he will realise and say, "maybe it's much better if I shoot at goal".
Ranieri began his tenure as Fulham boss with a 3-2 victory against Southampton and, despite facing a daunting test against former side Chelsea, he is hopeful Aleksandar Mitrovic can maintain his goalscoring touch. "In the last month, he has scored".
"It was really very good, especially because, before the match, we knew very well that we were first in our group after the result of BATE Borisov".
A graduate of Chelsea's formidable academy, the Londoner, who has a U-17 World Cup medal, has not been named in any of Sarri's Premier League squads to date this season despite a promising pre-season.