Fulham v Everton: Magath versus Martinez
Everton have moved into fifth place with four successive Premier League victories and find themselves six points behind fellow Champions League chasing Arsenal with a game to the good.
The Toffees will be expected to turn up the pressure on the faltering Gunners by overcoming bottom-of-the-table Fulham.
Both managers will be desperate for the points for very different reasons:
Fulham v Everton: Magath on Everton and Martinez
“We know that 5-0 was a little bit too much, but against such a good team as Man City, if you were one man less, then you have very few chances.
“I think it was not so critical because nobody expected that we would have a win at Man City and so I think we have taken this defeat and we look forward to Everton now.
“We know that we have, in the last games, had good results against Everton here at Craven Cottage, so we are sure that we can make it.”
“I think it is [our most difficult home game]. You have seen from the last result from Everton against Newcastle United; it shows that Everton is in good shape so it will be the most difficult game for us on Sunday at Craven Cottage.
“They have a good team and the manager has done very, very well because to take over a club after a manager who was for several years there, it is not easy.
“Normally you always have problems if you have taken over such a club, so I think he has done a very good job.”
“I don’t think about the other teams and the table because we have to make points. We have to win games otherwise we have no chance to stay in the league. I’m only looking for the next game, now it’s Everton, and we have to win.
“We have to win because we are a few points adrift so we need more points than the other teams at the bottom. I’m convinced we will stay in the league.”
Fulham v Everton: Martinez on Magath and Fulham
“Felix Magath has taken a completely different challenge. It wasn’t a change of manager to see a totally different direction of the club. It is clear he has taken the challenge to try and get as many points in a short period of time to stay in the Premier League.
“He brings an incredible experience as a coach who’s had real success and he’s very clear in the way he gets his teams set up.”
“I think since he’s been at Fulham they’ve been unfortunate in a couple of games and in the same manner he’s been finding out a lot about his new players. I do feel this Fulham side is now a completely different team than the one that came to Goodison Park.
“I do feel they could perform very strongly from now until the end of the season, especially at Craven Cottage.”
“When you have a short period of time it is very straightforward. You need to get as many points as you can and carry the momentum from game to game. You don’t think about what’s going to happen in the summer or the next possible contracts with the players.
“It is clear Felix Magath has got the experience to propose a very difficult game in every match they have from now until the end of the season.”
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Fulham v Everton
Sunday, March 22, 2014
At Craven Cottage
Fulham (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Stockdale; Riether, Heitinga, Hangeland, Riise; Kvist, Kasami; Kacaniklic, Sidwell, Richardson; Wodrow.
Out: Amorebieta (suspended), Briggs (hernia), Burn (muscle), Duff, Mitroglou, Parker (All knee).
Everton (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Howard; Baines, Jagielka, Distin, Coleman; Barry, McCarthy; Osman, Barkley, Deulofeu; Lukaku.
Out: Gibson, Koné, Pienaar (all knee), Oviedo (broken leg), Traoré (hamstring).
Referee: Anthony Taylor. Matches: 16 games, Red 2, Yellow 56.