Claudio Ranieri believes he can preserve Fulham within the Premier League, saying he’s “mad, but not silly” after taking up at Craven Cottage this week.
Ranieri changed Slavisa Jokanovic with the Cottagers backside of the desk with simply 5 factors from 12 video games, after spending north of £100 million following promotion to the highest flight. Inconsistencies in choice and a horrible defensive document have lead to their dire place, but Ranieri thinks there may be nonetheless hope.
“If I got here right here, it is as a result of I imagine,” mentioned Ranieri, when requested if he thought Fulham nonetheless had the standard to keep away from relegation. “I’m mad, but not silly. It is not straightforward, but I imagine.”
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The Italian will face two of his former employers in his first three video games, as Fulham go to Chelsea then host Leicester within the first week of December. But Ranieri claimed he’s solely specializing in his first recreation in cost, in opposition to Southampton on Nov. 24.
“I believe solely — imagine me — of once we come again from the worldwide break,” he mentioned. “I’ve simply two days earlier than the match. I’ve simply two days to put together the match. That is my nightmare. I simply have to put together my gamers.
“We now have to defend all collectively. I do know I haven’t got a lot time.
“I strive to enhance the preventing spirit all of my gamers. My gamers have to present me my coronary heart. Our household is on the pitch. I say to them: ‘Inform me how you’re going to save your loved ones.'”
It is a acquainted place for Ranieri. In 2007 he was appointed Parma supervisor when the membership have been second-bottom of Serie A with lower than half of the season remaining, but he turned outcomes round they usually finally survived comfortably, ending 12th.
At that stage Ranieri was linked with the Manchester Metropolis job, lately vacated by Sven Goran Eriksson, but he finally took over at Juventus.
“I arrived in Parma, all my pals mentioned I used to be mad,” he mentioned. “‘It is not doable to save this workforce,’ but I did.”
He claimed his pals aren’t fairly so sceptical about his newest alternative, although. “Everyone mentioned ‘Sensible choice. Implausible membership. Historic membership. You are able to do it.'”
“I like this type of battle. It is in my character,” Ranieri continued. “If I look again, I began with [an] novice workforce. Beginner workforce. No person gave me a raise. All the pieces I claimed, I claimed myself. I’m a fighter. A fighter.”