Moussa Dembele is hoping he can replicate last season’s form against Tottenham ahead of Sunday’s London derby.
The Belgian forward scored a magnificent individual goal as Fulham recorded a memorable FA Cup victory over Spurs at Craven Cottage last January and, after being suspended for last night’s vital European win over Wisla Krakow, is confident Fulham can continue their excellent home form.
Last year we won against Tottenham and I think they all know in their heads that it is not easy to play against us at Craven Cottage and that is definitely to our advantage.
I talk with my other Belgium colleagues in the international team and they always say they don’t like to play against Fulham. They don’t like to play Fulham away; it is a really difficult place.
Dembele will head into the televised clash full of confidence after scoring the crucial second goal that secured victory at Wigan last weekend and admits he is trying to find the net more frequently.
I was very pleased because it was the first goal of the season for me and the thing I want to improve the most is to score more goals. For me, in the past, it [scoring] was never the most important thing. I want to play well and help the team. I want to perform for the team and if I score it is great, that’s my kind of thinking.
The 24 year-old is relishing the opportunity of testing himself against a formidable Spurs side again.
I like to challenge myself and compare myself with the best,” Dembele explained. “They [Spurs] have a lot of great players there – it’s not only Bale. I like to challenge myself against a big team like that. Tottenham have big players, and I prefer that.
I think the best players in the world learn something from everybody because you cannot be born with everything. Even Messi may look at a player who plays in League 1 or something and if he does something on his own then yes you can learn from him.
If I see someone who does something good, even if it is Bale, I look at it and try to learn something from it for sure.