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Fulham boss Marco Silva says we have to do our best to go through

last updated Tuesday 31st October 2023, 9:31 PM

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Fulham coach Marco Silva
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Marco Silva
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Fulham coach Marco Silva paid tribute to the work done by Ipswich Town boss Kieran McKenna and his team, ahead of our Carabao Cup tie at Portman Road.

After finishing as runners-up in League One last season, the Tractor Boys currently occupy the same position in the Championship, having lost just one league game.

Add in the fact that they came back from two down to knock Wolves out in the last round, and Silva knows how difficult a test awaits on Wednesday night.

“All the credits for them for what they have been doing,” our Head Coach said. “A team that was promoted to the Championship, and the way they have been playing, not just the results they've been achieving which have been great for their football club, but the way they have been doing it is really impressive.

“All credit for the players, for the staff, for Kieran as well, because it's not easy. I know the competition and I know really well what it means to be so consistent in a competition like the Championship, and they have been showing that.

“Even in the Carabao Cup, the way they have beaten a Premier League club in the last round showed their quality, showed how they have been playing.

“Their confidence is probably as high as possible, and it’s going to be tough for us, but our run in the Carabao has been really good. We have been a really serious and ambitious team.

“We had two different games against Tottenham at home, where we did it really well, and against Norwich [it was] a proper Carabao Cup game, a tough game to play against Norwich where we did well.

“We want to keep in the competition. It’s going to be tough and we have to do our best to go through.”

Our previous two matches in the competition have seen changes to the starting XI.

The trip to Suffolk is the second of three games in the space of seven days, though, so Silva knows the need to be careful when managing his players’ workload.

“It probably can happen,” he replied when asked about squad rotation. “It’s not something new for us, if you look at the last two games that we played in the Carabao Cup, we did it.

“We look at the competition as a really good competition for us to always do our best to go through.

“It’s a slightly different scenario this week because we played last Sunday, we're going to play on Wednesday, and early kick-off [against Manchester United] on Saturday. It’s slightly different, and we are going to prepare the team as best we can.

“We have to look at some players that have some risk of injury or something like that, because the time between games is really, really short.

“In some positions we can rotate because we have the solutions. Unfortunately, in the other [positions], because of some injured players we don't have so many solutions and we need to be careful about some players.”

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