Damien Duff admits he can’t wait for Fulham’s mouthwatering Europa League clashes which begin this week.
The Irish international scored his first goal for his new club yesterday – it proved to be the winner against Everton – and, although he insists that the Premier League remains Fulham’s priority, he says Roy Hodgson’s side will take the European adventure seriously.
Duff says he’ll be raring to go in Sofia on Thursday night, having declared himself fit for the game against CSKA Sofia despite being taken off as a precaution after he picked up a knock towards the end of Sunday afternoon’s win.
I was a bit nervous when it jarred but I don’t think it’s a major problem.
We’re not planning on letting it [Europe] become a major negative factor. Obviously the travelling can be hard at times but the group we’ve been drawn in (Fulham’s other Europa rivals are AS Roma and FC Basel) gives us some nice games, which will give the whole place a lift.
Hopefully we can carry that into our League programme. I think it’s exciting and when you’re excited you’re not thinking about burning out.
According to the Standard report, it was a conversation between Duff and Clint Dempsey that meant Fulham’s new signing lined up on the right of a four-man midfield rather than his useful left wing role. Duff had been deployed there for his country last weekend – and delivered a terrific cross for Robbie Keane’s crucial winner in Cyprus – and was apparently keen to repeat the experiment against Everton.