Ranieri promises ‘Italian’ Fulham

Claudio Ranieri has vowed to  bring an Italian edge to Fulham. “For us Italians, it is important to maintain a clean sheet.”

Ranieri’s arrival at Fulham comes just two years since he led Leicester City from the bottom of the Premier League to the first title in their history but also at a time when the Cottagers are leaking goals, with 31 conceded in their opening 12 games.

“We have to work hard,” said the former Juventus, Roma and Inter boss at his official unveiling on Thursday.

“That was a bonus, a fairytale. Forget it. Now it is important to not think about miracles.

“There will be a lot of battles. It is important to be ready together – the club, the players, the fans, all together.

“They have to support us in the bad moments. This is a bad moment. Fulham concede a lot of goals.

“I am an Italian manager and for us Italians, it is important to maintain a clean sheet.

“At this moment it is important to forget what happened yesterday and look forward. It is important to win points.

“I hope we can play well but if we play well and lose the match, it is a big problem.

“Fulham played so well against Manchester City, for example, and lost. They played so well against Liverpool, and lost the match.

“I hope to play worse than in these two matches and win the match. That is most important.”

See the latest Serie A predictions and betting tips with Eurotips.co.uk