Fulham skipper Danny Murphy says the club’s European adventure has proved an invaluable experience for the members of the side who haven’t featured in continental competition before – but hopes their run won’t come to an end in Basel tonight.
Murphy is expected to return to the starting line-up after being on the bench for the past two games and all his experience will be needed as Fulham go in search of the win they need to reach the last 32 of the Europa League.
This journey this season has been great for all the lads, especially for those who maybe haven’t experienced it before. So hopefully the journey will continue after this game. When you reach certain stages of your career, i.e. playing in the Premier League, in European competition, or for your country, then you want to play in the best stadiums and I’ve been fortunate to do that. It’s nice to be able to say I’ve played in these places.
Personally, up until recently I’ve been concentrating on getting myself fit and so I don’t allow myself to think that far ahead. And I think as a team and a Club, perhaps it’s unhelpful to think that way because first and foremost we’re focusing on having a good Premier League campaign, combined with the Europa League, rather than looking at which teams are dropping out of the Champions League and who we might meet in the future.
Having said that, if we are successful tomorrow night it would be a wonderful reward to play one of Europe’s top teams. But, I always think that if you’re in European competition, it’s nice to play big teams from abroad, rather than teams like Liverpool or Chelsea, or Man United who we’re lucky enough to be able to face regularly in the Premier League.