Head Coach Presser

Thursday 4 January 2018 16:00

Slaviša Jokanović is taking the Emirates FA Cup deadly seriously when Fulham kick off their campaign on Saturday.

Top flight Southampton are the visitors for the tie, and Jokanović insists his side will be doing all they can to ensure their presence in the hat for the next round.

“We must respect this competition,” he said in Thursday’s pre-match press conference. “It’s one of the more important national cup competitions in the world, and it’s not a time to rest people.

“We are going to check our squad and we are going and organise ourselves to push hard and do everything to win the game.

“We will have many supporters in Craven Cottage and we want to give our best performance and push hard to pass through to the next round.

“This cup is famous around the world, everyone follows the FA competition. It’s got a big tradition, a lot of away supporters travel to the games.

“It’s important for the clubs, the teams and the supporters. Our intention is to be competitive and to not play only one game.”

Saints arrive in London looking for a first victory since November, but Jokanović is expecting Mauricio Pellegrino to have his team fired up for the encounter.  

“He’s a great manager working at a great club,” he stated. “They are probably going to try and find something positive when they play against us, looking for a reaction after nine games without a win.

“They probably feel under a little bit of pressure, it’s a very important game for them, but there are still more important games for them, Watford I believe they’re playing next.

“We must be motivated, we must be happy because we have the opportunity to play against an important Premier League team, and we will prepare to push hard.

“A strong team is waiting for us, and they are going to be fighting hard to change their story and find some positive moments for them.

“In their last away game they played against Manchester United and drew there, so it’s not going to be easy for us.

“I believe historically the FA Cup is very important for this club, and they always use their strongest team in this competition.”

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