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Fulham coach Marco Silva believes Spurs won't have it easy at The Cottage

last updated Saturday 21st January 2023, 10:42 AM

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Fulham boss Marco Silva believes Fulham are a stronger outfit today than the last time we met Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs claimed a 2-1 win in North London six games into the season, but will be leapfrogged by the Whites in the table should we take all three points on Monday night.

“I think we are, right now, a much better team than that game,” Silva admitted. “It wasn't at all our best performance.

“In some aspects of the game we didn't perform at our best level. Even so, we felt until the end of the match that we could get a good result, even if I have to say that they played better than us that afternoon and they deserved three points.

“[Monday] will be a different game, we hope. Playing at home at the Cottage with the fans behind us is always tough for the opposition sides to come.

“It's a good sign if you are in this position right now. It shows how we have been growing as a team.

“We’ve managed in a different way some moments of the games as well, even if last game wasn't the case because we conceded a late goal, but I think we are in a better position right now in terms of performance, the compactness of our team as well, our block.

“In every moment of the game I think we’re in a better moment now and I hope we can show that in the next one.”

Harry Kane is one of only three players to have scored more Premier League goals than Aleksandar Mitrovic this season.

But it’s not just the England captain’s finishing which causes teams problems, with his linking of the play a vital component in Spurs’ armoury.

“We know how he can link really well the game when he drops and how he can be strong after with the moves from Son, Richarlison or Kulusevski, it doesn’t matter who's going to play out wide.

“Sometimes Kane needs just one touch, but the way he can hold the ball as well, he shows the capacity to make the right passes in the right moment as well.

“Of course, it's something that we are aware of and is something that we have to try to block in some moments of the game with our central defence, sometimes with the other players, to cover that space because it's something where they’re really strong.”

Fulham’s trip to Newcastle last weekend could have been so different had Mitrovic not slipped and double hit his penalty.

And while Silva knows there are plenty of competent takers in his squad, he will have full faith in his number nine if he takes the next spot-kick.

“It's always a decision that I am taking before the matches,” he explained. “The players know normally during the week who will be the taker.

“Mitro is one of the takers – until now he's been our main taker. We have enough good takers in our squad if I have to decide something different.

“Right now, I don't see the reasons to take this decision. Let's see, we have more days to prepare for the match, more days to prepare penalties as well, and all these situations.

“If it will be Mitro again, we have all the confidence in him. If it will be Andreas Pereira, Willian, we have enough good takers. We have Harry Wilson, Tom Cairney, and Bobby [De Cordova-Reid]. They are the takers.

“It’s a decision for me to take on the matchday, but I have full confidence if Mitro has to go again.”

Source Geoff Pruce at Fulham FC
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