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Fulham defender Baird up for Juve

last updated Wednesday 17th March 2010, 7:57 AM
Chris Baird
Chris Baird
Chris Baird
Fulham defender Chris Baird believes his side has an excellent chance of overcoming Juventus in the Europa League on Thursday.

The Old Lady of Italian football travels to the banks of the Thames to face the Londoners at Craven Cottage, leading 3-1 after the first leg in Turin last week.

But despite not having the best of times in Northern Italy, Baird says the Cottagers can turn the tie around at home.

"The first match was a very tough game for us, we knew about the quality they had and they showed it in the first leg," he told the club's official website.

"But I still think we've got a great chance bringing them back to our place. We'll be up for the game and we're confident that we can get a result and keep going in this competition.

"It was nice to get back to 2-1 after what happened for their goals.

"Conceding that goal before half-time knocked us back a bit. But in all fairness, we came out in the second-half, played a lot better and created a few chances.

"If we can continue that, especially with the game being at home, I think we've got a great chance.

"Coming to places like Craven Cottage is intimidating for teams like Juve. We're looking forward to the game.

"We know the threat they're going to pose to us but it's another great game to play in and hopefully we'll get the right result for Fulham."

In what has been a fixture-filled campaign for Fulham so far, Baird has turned out an impressive 39 times for Roy Hodgson's side.

His versatility is seen as a plus point by the manager, and Baird admits he is enjoying his football.

"I've been all over the park this year but I've enjoyed every minute of it," he added.

"My confidence is high and hopefully I can keep that going. I'm really enjoying playing at the moment and hopefully the fans can see that."

Source James Riach at SkySports
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