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Ranieri happy with five at the back

last updated Thursday 27th December 2018, 1:07 PM


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Fulham Coach Claudio Ranieri believes Fulham’s new formation may be the one that helps us to climb the table.

For the second game in a row our Manager opted for five at the back, and it yielded a second point in five days as we drew 1-1 with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

“I think they’ve improved a lot,” Ranieri said. “I think I’ve found a solution for this team with five at the back.

“Of course, it’s not dogmatic. The team is much better, more solid, and more comfortable.

“Of course we need something more when we have the ball because when you’re bottom, it’s not so calm, you're a little more anxious to do something good.

“We have to continue this way. It’s the right way. It’s the second time we played in this shape and I’m very happy for this reason.”

The first half ended goalless but not through lack of endeavour, with Fulham carving out chance after chance.

And even after Wolves equalised late on in the second half, we still could have won it only for Aleksandar Mitrovic’s shot to be agonisingly hacked off the line.

“We are a little disappointed because I think we deserved more from the first half because we created more than them,” Ranieri stated.

“In the second half, after we scored a goal, they found a solution.

“I’m satisfied with our performance, as we worked hard against a good team. It was a tactical match today.

“Mitrovic had a chance to win the match. In this moment, we need to continue to stay together and be positive.

“When a team is bottom, everything goes against this team, but we are stronger than this. We want to react in every circumstance, in every match.

“If we continue to fight, train well, understand the tactical movement, we’ll do better.

“We try to find a solution, but if you continue to fight, you can change things. If you lose hope, you lose everything.

“I believe in my players. For this reason, I believe we can make something good.”

Ryan Sessegnon was a welcome addition to the matchday squad after recovering from a groin strain, and the 18-year-old made an immediate impact after coming on as a substitute.

“I’m very pleased,” his Manager said. “He’s a very interesting young player. When he came on, the crowd and his teammates felt something could happen.

“[But] he has to improve physically because when the opponents tackle, he has to be a little more powerful.”























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