The knives have been out for Ranieri, admittedly prematurely, and many fans still resent the sacking of Gianluca Vialli. Recent performances, even last week’s victory against Manchester City, have hardly added to Claudio’s fan club. Indeed, our best selling MegaSpore item is Prozac.

Up until yesterday the squad has proved incapable of providing a team performance. With players unclear of their positions, coupled with hazy substitutions and questionable tactics, Chelsea have dropped down the table faster than the Village share price. Yesterday, however, the clouds cleared for Claudio. Although Derby were poor that should not deflect from an excellent Chelsea performance. Good passing, clever movement and a superb collective team effort put the smiles back on all our faces.

The goals were good and Derby were killed off by half-time. But it was the manner of the display that was most pleasing. The icing on the cake was the inclusion of six players less than 24 years of age, including two local London youngsters.

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