Claudio Ranieri was frustrated that his side let a winning position slip against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Craven Cottage this afternoon but believes that Fulham have made significant improvements during his tenure that should hold them in good stead as they battle relegation.
The Italian manager believes he has found a solution to Fulham’s previously leaky defence by switching to three centre backs and the Whites certainly managed to nullify Wolves’ attacking threat for much of the contest.
I think they’ve improved a lot. I think I’ve found a solution for this team with five at the back. Of course, it’s not dogmatic. The team is much better, more solid, and more comfortable. Of course we need something more when we have the ball because when you’re bottom, it’s not so calm, you’re a little more anxious to do something good.
We have to continue this way. It’s the right way. It’s the second time we played in this shape and I’m very happy for this reason.
Ranieri was disappointed that Fulham didn’t have more to show for their domination of the first half, but was encouraged with the manner of his side’s performance against a team that have surprised the pundits and many opponents so far this season.
We are a little disappointed because I think we deserved more from the first half because we created more than them, In the second half, after we scored a goal, they found a solution. I’m satisfied with our performance, as we worked hard against a good team. It was a tactical match today.
Mitrovic had a chance to win the match. In this moment, we need to continue to stay together and be positive. When a team is bottom, everything goes against this team, but we are stronger than this. We want to react in every circumstance, in every match. If we continue to fight, train well, understand the tactical movement, we’ll do better.
We try to find a solution, but if you continue to fight, you can change things. If you lose hope, you lose everything. I believe in my players. For this reason, I believe we can make something good.
I don’t disagree that we have improvements, however, Odoi still continues giving the ball to the opposition fairly easy, today it nearly costed us a goal.
Shurrle decision making when in posession of the ball, is not always the correct one, gives the ball easily away.
Hope this can be improved too.
The biggest problem I saw sitting in the stands was identical to England’s tactical issue versus Croatia in the World Cup. Ranieri took AK47 off for Carney and switched to a 5-3-2 and there was never any pressure on Wolves’ wing backs. This allowed them to carry the ball well into our half and pull players out of position which led to their goal. Also K Mac and Chambers were often withon a few yards of each other, trying to play the same position after K Mac came on. A