Coleman calls for self-belief
By Pete Allison
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chris Coleman has rallied his troops ahead of their trip to Chelsea this weekend.
Fulham boss Chris Coleman believes his side need to show "self-belief" in order to pick up points against West London rivals Chelsea.
The two sides meet this Saturday, and Coleman believes that his side can give Jose Mourinho's men a run for their money if they play to their full potential.
Fulham picked up a valuable point against Alan Pardew's Charlton side on Wednesday night, with a last-gasp strike from Franck Queudrue enough to snatch a 2-2 draw.
Following on from their performance at The Valley, Coleman has called for his side to be at their very best ahead of their clash at Stamford Bridge.
"We have got a chance, it's 11 versus 11," said Coleman, "but their home record is as good as any of the top sides in Europe.
"We know it is going to be tough, but this season we have beaten Arsenal, although we have lost to some of the bottom sides as well.
"What is most important for me is that we compete over 90 minutes. That is all I can ask for going into this game.
"If we go in with self-belief and our sleeves rolled up, anything can happen."
Coleman also believes that his side can take confidence from Reading's performance at Chelsea on Boxing Day, but also realises that Mourinho's men will be looking to bounce back from the 2-2 draw.
"It's possible they could drop points to us in this game, we know that," he continued.
"Chelsea's draw against Reading could work both ways. Either, the longer it goes on and we are still in the game, they will get nervous, or they will come out and try to put right what went wrong against Reading."
With the transfer window approaching, Fulham have been linked with a £2million move for Norwegian defender Per Nilsson as well as a loan approach for Roma striker Vincenzo Montella.
Coleman also has high hopes for current loanee Wayne Routledge in the remainder of the season, and hopes that parent club Tottenham will allow him to stay on in 2007.
"It is Tottenham's call after January, but Spurs are doing well and I can not see Martin Jol asking for him back," he said.
"Wayne has still got more in the tank for us. The last two games at the Cottage have been a bit more like it from him.
"I always said he needed a run of games - but players have to produce because we need results."