OTD - 18 September

17 Jul 2018
2000: Claudio Ranieri takes over at Chelsea

Claudio Ranieri was appointed head coach of Chelsea.

He led the Blues to two successive sixth-place finishes, and an FA Cup final in 2001/02, before guiding them to fourth and Champions League qualification in 2002/03.

Roman Abramovich then took control of the club, and in 2003/04 Ranieri's side were runners-up behind Arsenal's Invincibles.

The Italian was named Manager of the Month for September and March that season.

Chelsea also beat Arsenal in the 2003/04 Champions League en route to the semi-finals, where they lost to Monaco.

Ranieri left Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2004, but he returned to the Premier League in July 2015 with Leicester City and led the Foxes to the title in his first season.

Claudio Ranieri appointed Chelsea
Claudio Ranieri faces the media after taking charge at Stamford Bridge
2011: Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Liverpool

Emmanuel Adebayor scored twice on his home debut as Tottenham Hotspur beat nine-man Liverpool 4-0.

Luka Modric opened the scoring for Spurs in the seventh minute, and Liverpool's troubles steadily increased as Charlie Adam's first-half red card was followed by Martin Skrtel's 63rd-minute dismissal.

Spurs were quick to ram home their advantage, with Jermain Defoe and Adebayor both scoring in the next six minutes.

Adebayor then struck again late on, taking his tally to three goals in his first two matches after his loan move from Manchester City.

Spurs climbed to 11th with six points, moving three places and one point behind Liverpool.

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