Manager Presser

Thursday 10 January 2019 13:45

While acknowledging the importance of each and every Premier League outing, Claudio Ranieri knows that Burnley away holds special significance.

Just four points currently separate Fulham from Saturday’s opponents, meaning victory for one side or the other would either put daylight between us or considerably tighten the gap.

“It’s another crucial match,” Ranieri said in Thursday’s press briefing. “I say every time that every match for us is crucial.

“This week at Burnley is more crucial, as Huddersfield was crucial. We know there will be a very great battle there and I hope we can survive.

“Burnley think, ‘if we kill Fulham, Fulham stay there and we move up.’ And for this reason I think it is a very, very crucial match.”

Prior to our New Year’s Day defeat by Arsenal, the Whites were unbeaten in three having conceded just once.

Nonetheless, we still sit 19th in the Premier League, but Ranieri is remaining upbeat about things.

“I am a mirror, what I feel inside is what I show on my face,” he smiled. “And I’m positive because I believe in this team and this club.

“I’m not worried about any matches, but I respect all my opponents. We have to be ready. I always am optimistic but I don’t know when we’ll turn the corner, I hope very soon.

“We have to improve every time. I’m happy with how they train, how they improve, but the answer is on the pitch. All teams train very well.”

The January transfer window has seen minimal movement from sides in the top flight, and Ranieri admitted he does need to strengthen before the month is out.

“We are looking in every direction and we will see what happens,” he explained. “The transfer market is open and we are ready to take someone who can help Fulham.

“I need somebody who can help us. We have a very good team, but without experience. We need somebody who has experience, is a leader, has character, personality, and then we can improve our team.

“I think we have to bring in somebody to survive. Also, I think it would be a very good boost to all my players.”

Tickets for Saturday's crunch match at Turf Moor are still available for supporters to buy.

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