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Fulham coach Marco Silva knows Fulham face a fighting Southampton

last updated Thursday 11th May 2023, 7:01 PM

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Fulham coach Marco Silva
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Fulham coach Marco Silva knows Fulham will come up against a Southampton side fighting for their Premier League lives on Saturday.

Anything but a Saints win will condemn them to relegation, and our Head Coach wants his players to be ready for the battle.

“[Southampton] are going to give everything they can, that is clear for me,” he said. “They are at the bottom, they have been having a tough season.

“Even if they have not achieved good results in the last few games, they are always fighting, they were leading the score in some games as well.

“Home and away they have been showing the fight and the will to go on to match all the opposition sides, and with us it will be the same.

“It’s one of the last chances for them and they are going to put everything inside [the pitch], I'm 100 per cent sure about it, and we have to be at our best.

“Away from home we have to show the personality and the character to face them, to play our game, even if the atmosphere will be something different than the previous games, we cannot control the situation, we can control ourselves. And this is what we have to do.”

Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic
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Aleksandar Mitrovic
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Aleksandar Mitrovic will return to the Fulham squad for Saturday’s trip to Southampton, having completed his eight-game ban.

And when asked how the striker has been over the period of his absence, Marco Silva admitted it hasn’t been easy for him, but that his attitude has been exemplary.

“It’s been tough, I will not lie to you,” he said. “His behaviour has been very, very good, all this period, with support from ourselves, but he knew from the first day that it’s going to be a different situation to a normal ban.

“He was always working with the team and came in on the weekends. It was a tough period for him, of course, [but] the dressing room supported him, we as a staff, all of us in our football club, our fans as well. It’s clear, even during the matchdays, you can feel that they are with him clearly, and it will be good to have him back.

“We admitted as a club that you cannot react in that situation. He did it, he admitted the mistake, but the number of games, if you compare with the other situations, is completely different.

“It's what it is, we as a club kept strong and kept supporting him, and it will be a good thing to have him back.”

Carlos Vinicius has led the line in Mitrovic’s stead recently, racking up three goal involvements in his previous three outings, giving Silva a decision to make at St Mary’s.

“A very good headache,” he admitted. “It’s what any manager wants really, and it was the reason why we signed Carlos.

“More game time and making good things, bad things, mistakes, whatever, makes players grow. Of course, some important goals gave him the confidence that he needs as well, and it’s nice to see him performing better and better the last few games.

“It's important to have a player like Mitro, a player like Vini, and we even won two games with Daniel James as a striker and Bobby as a striker.

“Different profiles, and we were able to do that in games against Everton, and Leeds at home, and that shows that everyone knows his role, everyone is fighting for the Club and can pop up in certain moments of the season.”

“Daniel James is still injured, he’s got a small problem in his hamstring and was out in the last game, and will be out for the Southampton match as well.”

Source Geoff Pruce at Fulham FC
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