Ewood Park

Next Game

Blackburn v Fulham

Saturday, 31 January 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Stadium of Light

Last Game

S'land 0 - 0 Fulham

Saturday, 24 January 2015, 15:00

The FA Cup Fourth Round

Magath: My toughest test yet

Felix Magath admits that the battle to keep Fulham in the Premier League is the toughest of his career.

Last Updated: 06/03/14 at 18:28 Post Comment

The German coach, 60, has three Bundesliga titles - two with Bayern and one with Wolfsburg - on his illustrious CV, but he has accepts that the Craven Cottage survival challenge is of a different order.

"It's the most difficult because now we are behind the other teams," he said.

"The team is growing together and that is what makes me sure we can avoid relegation."

Fulham are bottom of the table - four points from safety - and are without a win in eight league games ahead of Saturday's match against Cardiff City.

Magath's first two matches have resulted in a 1-1 draw at West Brom and a 3-1 home defeat by Chelsea.

"The best confidence you can get is if you win," the Fulham manager said. "We need a win for ourselves, for our confidence.

"We have a good schedule for the last 10 games because most of the teams that play in the Champions League we have played, except Manchester City.

"I get the feeling here that everybody knows that and everybody sleeps well with the knowledge that there are games ahead of us that we can win."

Magath may again be without Kostas Mitroglou this weekend; the Greek striker has played just 30 minutes since joining from Olympiakos in January.

"He has gone to the national team and he has played 60 minutes," Magath said.

"He will come back today but he is not match fit - he has muscle problems now. Our doctor has to see him and maybe if he is fit he will play.

"We need a player in our situation that is prepared for 90 minutes. We have a relegation fight."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

F

irst Townsend, now Chiles. What next ITV? Comedy that you can actually watch without vomiting up your own spleen? I'll be sad to see Matt Smith go though. I actually quite like him. Plus, he was good in Doctor Who.

sailingmagpie
Adrian Chiles to leave ITV

H

e's like Jay from Inbetweeners. Could've had him, had him, didn't want him, turned him down.

lee
Wenger criticises work permits

A

wful, awful pundit. He was crap on BBC, and offered a little more analysis than Robbie Savage - apart from the delivery of banality in a sexy accent. Also, as I'm Irish he'll never be more then a slimy, hand-balling f**ker in my eyes.

batdog
Football People On TV: Thierry Henry

Footer 365

Sepp Blatter shrugs-off UEFA's challenge to his leadership as 'lacking courage'

Sepp Blatter tells UEFA “they do not have the courage” to sufficiently challenge his leadership at this year's election.

Transfer news: Sam Allardyce unsure whether Darren Fletcher will join West Ham

Manager Sam Allardyce admits he is unsure whether Darren Fletcher will choose to join West Ham or another club.

Transfer news: Wigan close to signings of Chris Herd from Aston Villa and Jason Pearce from Leeds

Wigan are close to signing Aston Villa's Chris Herd on loan and Leeds' Jason Pearce permanently, Sky sources understand.

Mail Box

Appalling, Slow, Pathetic, Embarrassing

It's a bonus Saturday Mailbox, with plenty of reaction to the most alarming 0-0 draw in Manchester United's recent history. At what point do we worry about Louis van Gaal?

Why Do Man United Look So Impotent?

It's all very well talking about formations and United's defensive problems, but shouldn't their expensive attacking options be doing better? And we talk psychology...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company