Fulham head coach Marco Silva says he still believes in the success of his Fulham project as the club prepares for another tilt at the Premier League despite a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Benfica in Faro last night and the slowness of the Whites’ summer transfer business.

In a wide-ranging interview with Mais Futebol, the Fulham boss struck an upbeat tone immediately after last season’s Champions League quarter finalists had eased to victory in the final fixture of the Algarve Trophy.

“I am very happy to have guided Fulham back to the Premier League. I believe that we have the confidence of the owner and the fans through the players. I am quite pleased with what I have seen so far. We are not there yet and we still have some key areas [of the team] missing.

“But we will continue on our pathway and I believe that with hard work, attitude and application we will get there. We will have to adapt a little from last season now that we are in the Premier League. But not so much that we stop enjoying our football, as I saw last time Fulham were promoted.

“Our first objective has to be survival, but we can play in lots of different ways to secure the win. I want us to keep playing in a positive way. We have to make the most of all of the games ahead of us”.

Fulham finish their pre-season tour of Portugal with a friendly against Estoril – Silva’s final club as a player and first as a manager – on Sunday evening.