Head Coach Presser

Thursday 18 October 2018 16:00

Slaviša Jokanović says his team will be ready for the clash of styles which is set to unfold in South Wales at the weekend.

Fulham’s meetings with Cardiff City over the years have been intriguing ones, with the Whites trying to out-play their more direct opponents.

“They always play a strong, physical game,” Jokanović explained. “These are the weapons they use when they compete.

“We know this team, they know how we play, and we have a plan for the game. It’s important for us we stick to the plan, trust in ourselves, put the ball on the field and find a way to score the goals.

“We must be ready for the offensive way how they play football, be solid and focused for everything they can do with the ball.

“We know how they play, it’s not easy to play against this kind of team. We are probably going to win possession of the ball because Cardiff are not so interested in these kind of the battles.

“But from another side, they have important weapons in their squad, and we must be really careful of set-pieces, second phases, long throw-ins, flick-ons and running in behind us.”

He continued: “They use their weapons very well. We know them, they know us, and we are ready to fight for three points, like always.

“30 games, 90 points, are ahead of us to fight for. Saturday is the next chance to fight for three points and we are going to be ready.

“We need the points, they need the points too. They will make it a tough game for us, and we must be ready and brave and fight for the victory.”

The Bluebirds’ ascent to the Premier League in May marked a record eighth promotion for manager Neil Warnock, and Jokanović has nothing but respect for his counterpart.

“I always enjoy post-match with him, he’s a great man,” he said. “We have our challenge during the game, I always enjoy my conversations with him.

“He’s an experienced man and you can always learn and listen to some important things from his interchanges with you.”

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