English Premiership

Ranieri aims to fix leaky Fulham defence

2018-11-15 12:16
Claudio Ranieri (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Claudio Ranieri has given some indication as to how he intends to turn Fulham's woeful season around, starting with fixing their porous defence.

The former Premier League winner was appointed to take over from the sacked Slavisa Jokanovic on Wednesday, with the Cottagers bottom of the standings, and with a goal difference of -20.

Speaking to the club's website in his first interview after visiting the club, the Italian said he would try to lift spirits while putting a new structure in place.

Reflecting on the sides 31 goals shipped in just 12 Premier League matches, Ranieri said: "As an Italian manager, for us the defensive way is the best for the team."

He added: "It is important to have a strong vision of the defence - not just the full-backs or goalkeeper, all the team.

"For me, team spirit is important but I know there is a good group. The fighting spirit is very important.

"I hope our fans push us and we need their strength. We need their support always. We will never give up."

Ranieri added that his task is to keep Fulham in the Premier League this season.

"I hope this season to be safe and then to follow the way of the chairman, to grow upwards," said the experienced campaigner.

Ranieri's first test is against Southampton at Craven Cottage next Saturday ahead of clashes with former sides Chelsea and Leicester.


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