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Coleman's players were outstanding but the manager's masterstroke was to suffocate Chelsea's supply-line from Claude Makelele, who likes to sit in front of his back-four and dictate the flow of the game.
Fulham reacted by sending Steed Malbranque to play in the hole behind the strikers, in the same area of the pitch as Makelele.
Coleman said: 'Every time we play against Chelsea or every time we watch them play, everything goes through Makelele and he starts the attacks.
'Steed Malbranque loves playing in that position, he likes attacking from that position but he's not very good at defending.
'We told him to go where he liked when he had the ball but, as soon as he didn't have it, Makelele was his man.
'We wanted Petr Cech to kick it rather than pass it out and it worked very well.'
Coleman knew his gameplan was working when Mourinho abandoned his favourite 4-3-3 formation after 26 minutes and sent on subs Damien Duff and Didier Drogba.
The Fulham boss said: 'He changed very early. He got Duff and Drogba on and tried to match us up through midfield which I thought was a compliment for our boys.' :strong:
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