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Fulham boss Marco Silva wants to embrace the City challenge

last updated Thursday 31st August 2023, 10:27 PM

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Fulham coach Marco Silva
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Marco Silva
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A trip to Manchester City on Saturday brings the curtain down on an intense eight days of football for Fulham.

Having followed up a draw at Arsenal with a penalty shootout victory over Tottenham Hotspur, Silva now wants to see his side embrace our final test ahead of the international break, at the Etihad.

“When you have a week with Arsenal, Tottenham in the middle, and after you go to play against City, and these two Premier League games are both away from home, you know what that represents for us,” he stated. “But we want to go and embrace the challenge.

“It will be tough against a team who have been commanding the last few seasons, the best team in the Premier League, and of course it will be a tough one for us.

“The way they started the season, even in tough games, the way they have been winning, even some games where they don't perform at their best level, they have been getting results.

“They are really strong again, they will be really tough for us, but our players, and we as a club, we like this type of challenge and we are going there to embrace it.”

City needed a stoppage time Erling Haaland penalty to defeat the Whites in this fixture last season, and Silva insists we’ll be heading to Manchester in a positive frame of mind again.

“We are a confident group of players, and we can show that on the pitch,” he explained. “We know what we are going to face, everyone has no doubts of their quality.

“They have been showing the way they have been competitive from the beginning of the season again. They had some injuries as well, but even so they are a top, top level side. But of course we are confident that we can embrace the challenge.

“The most important thing for us is we have to enjoy this type of game. The only way to enjoy is by working hard because they are going to obligate us to do it, but at the same time we are confident that we can do it, we can embrace it, and we go there with the same approach that we did last season.

“In some moments of the game they are going to obligate us to do things that we don't like, they are going to take the ball from ourselves, like they do against all the teams in the world, the same situation.

“And, of course, we have to show the organisation that normally we do against this type of side, but at the same time we have to be ambitious as well, when we have the ball to try to punish them and to create dangerous moments around their box.”

Source Geoff Pruce at Fulham FC
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