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Fulham coach Marco Silva ready for inform Palace

last updated Friday 26th April 2024, 5:00 PM

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Fulham coach Marco Silva
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Fulham welcome one of the Premier League’s in-form sides to Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Crystal Palace have won three on the bounce to move to within three points of the Whites, a run which has coincided with the return to fitness of Ebere Eze and Michael Olise.

“You can see the results, you can see the performances as well,” Marco Silva said. “It's always a big help when you have some key players recovering from injuries as well.

“You can see Palace, no doubts, they are much stronger if they have Eze and Olise in a very good level, and [Jordan] Ayew in a very good level as well.

“And now they have these players around and they have a striker in very good form, too – that is [Jean-Philippe] Mateta in very good form.

“And when you have two young lads, but already with some experience, like Eze and Olise at their top level, they are players that can make a difference against any team in this competition because, in my opinion, they are really two top players.

“And it's up to us now. As I said before, we have to reach our standards, we have to be at our best level – it's going to be tough for them as well – but yes, they are in a good moment.

“When you win three in a row in the Premier League, the way they did it, is a very good sign. It means that they have been solid, they have been compact, at the same time they have been showing the quality to score goals, and it’s going to be a very good challenge for us.”

When asked if stopping Eze and Olise is the key to defeating Palace, Silva replied: “No, I think first we have to look for ourselves really, what we can do.

“We have a way to play, we have a way to approach the games, and this normally doesn’t change because we play against team A, B, C, or D, or against player A, B, C, or D.

“Of course, we are aware of the threat they are in certain areas of the pitch, certain players as well.

“For me, Palace has much more value as a collective, but they have key players that you have to control in certain moments of the game, yes.”

Source Geoff Pruce at Fulham FC
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