Danny Murphy is looking forward to the next episode in Fulham’s European adventure judging by this interview with the official site.
The Fulham skipper has warned about the dangers of taking our mysterious Russian opponents, Amkar Perm, for granted, though.
Getting into Europe was the reward for all the hard work put in last season. To have a season like we did was unexpected and the progression we made from the season we stayed up until now has been immense really.
That in itself was a reward but we have to be careful with everyone talking about our European campaign and the games we might play – we have to qualify first. Even though we are favourites in the next round we are playing a Russian team who are in the middle of their season, who finished fourth in their league and got to the Russian Cup final and they play on a plastic pitch!
These unknowns can be potential banana skins, I mean technically the Russians will be very good because they always are.
I’ve had experience of playing against Russian teams when I was at Liverpool in the Champions League and the UEFA Cup, they always give you a good game so we certainly won’t be looking too far ahead for encounters and trips away until we have got over this hurdle – and then maybe we can start looking forward to some real tasty ties against the bigger teams. That would be a nice reward for the fans.
Ask any Fulham fan when they talk about Europe and they will probably be dreaming of going to the Olympic Stadium in Rome or Valencia in Spain.