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Fulham coach Marco Silva not underestimating the depth of Newcastle United's squad

last updated Friday 05th April 2024, 6:13 PM

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Fulham coach Marco Silva
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Fulham coach Marco Silva will be relishing a home clash with Newcastle, after Fulham failed to win in their previous two games on the road.

A dramatic 3-3 draw at Sheffield United was followed up with a 3-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest just three days later.

“We were all disappointed with the result and with the performance,” the gaffer said. “It can happen.

“We want to reach a certain type of standards. They have been really important for us to be at the same level that we have been playing the last two seasons and a half. They were not in the game against Forest.

“It was really a bad night for us, but we cannot change that night. We have to understand why the things happened and go in the direction of Newcastle.”

Fulham had been in good form before the international break, picking up impressive wins over Brighton and Tottenham at the Cottage.

“We have to remind our players about the type of performance we had in those two games, the type of environment our fans and we created in our stadium, and how difficult it was for the opposition side as well.

“It’s a moment to remind ourselves what we did before (the international break), and what we are capable of doing when we are at our best level.”

And while a reaction from Tuesday night’s loss is the immediate target, the long-term ambition remains the same for Marco’s side.

“The best thing for us is to think about the next game and nothing more than that. Of course, we have ambition. We want to climb the table, 100% sure.

“The ambition is clear, seven games to fight for the three points. The message right now is to go, to give our maximum, to focus on the next game, and to change the performance that we had last match.”

Rodrigo Muniz’s double nomination for both Premier League Player of the Month and Premier League Goal of the Month made the in-form striker a topic of conversation.

“He has big room to improve still. This is a good thing. We all feel that the skills are there, the talent is there to keep improving him, keep him developing as a football player.

“I know that he's going to be better and better and better, and this is my feeling because he has the capacity to do it. There's much more to come from him.

“If he's going to score every single match or not, I don't know. But I know he's going to be a really important player for this football club.”

Despite Saturday’s opposition nursing a number of injuries, the boss isn’t underestimating the depth of Eddie Howe’s squad.

“Overall we are talking about a really top squad with a lot of quality, even with injuries. You can look at their XI that they put on the pitch for the last two games, full of quality.

“Because they prepared their team for the Champions League, and when you prepare for the Champions League, you know what that means. You have to have quality on the pitch and on the bench as well.”

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