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Fulham coach Marco Silva still expects a tough Luton game

last updated Saturday 18th May 2024, 9:47 AM

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On Sunday, Fulham head to a Luton Town side who can still technically secure Premier League survival, though the permutations needed make it highly unlikely.

But Marco Silva believes his team will come up against an outfit who can hold their heads high after proving numerous doubters wrong this year.

“They go for the last game, giving everything that they can, I’m 100 per cent sure,” he said in his pre-match press conference.

“For them to be able to come with two games to play of the season [last week], everything was open still, they had conditions to fight to remain in the Premier League.

“For me, that just shows how they have improved so far during the season, because I remember the fourth game of the season when we played against them at the Cottage and we had a chat, myself and Rob Edwards in the end of the match, about what everybody was speaking about them, the noise around that club, that during the Christmas period they are going to be down already, they don't have a chance to fight, it’s not a Premier League team, blah blah blah.

“And it just shows how far they've come, to be able to fight. And because of that, I see the fans are proud of the team.

“You can feel it every single time they play away, or at home as well, and it just shows the work, from Rob first of all, and the belief and the trust and the quality, of course, and the commitment from their football players.

“Of course it's going to be a really tough game for us, because I know the way they want to finish the season on a high.

“Mathematically, they are not down yet. Even if it's really difficult and they have a one per cent chance, they are going to fight with their maximum for it, I’m 100 per cent sure.

“But it shows, in my opinion, how they’ve come really far, to be really able to fight against any team at home and away, but more at home in the Premier League, and it just reflects the work from Rob and his players.”

It was a good news Friday as Marco Silva confirmed that the option had been taken to extend Kenny Tete’s time in SW6 until 2025.

“We are pleased, of course,” he said. “It wasn't the best season for him this season, completely different from the last one, and many people talk about the competition for the position with Timothy Castagne, who made a very good impact in our football club and is playing a very, very good season.

“With Timothy and Kenny we are stronger, definitely, and it’s good for me that we have two very good solutions in that position that we can rotate. We can even play with both if we play in a different system as well. But we are really pleased.

“Even if it wasn't the best season, we know Kenny really well, we know what he’s capable to do, and what I want is for him to reach the level that he played last season.

“He was one of our best players last season, he had his best season in the Premier League, no doubts about it, and we know what he's capable to do without injuries.

“He is capable of repeating again the same type of season, and that was one of the reasons why we have taken the option, and we are really pleased for it.”

Source Geoff Pruce at Fulham FC
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