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Konchesky hopes to draw on Juve success

Paul Konchesky hopes Fulham’s astounding Europa League win over Juventus on Thursday can carry over into confident league performances.

The Whites face big-spending Manchester City in another tough test at Craven Cottage tomorrow afternoon and will need to replicate the outstanding performance against Juuve to stand any chance against Roberto Mancini’s side.

Juventus are one of the best teams in Europe. But football-wise we outclassed them. That’s what we’ve been like all season.

Games like the one against Juventus give you loads of confidence. If we can play like that again on Sunday against Manchester City then we’ve got a great chance.

It was a great night for us and for the club but we were back in training on Friday. We’ve got a big game on Sunday and we’ve just got to work hard and concentrate on that now.

Cottage comforts were crucial, says Gera

Zoltan Gera reckons Juventus struggled to cope with playing at Craven Cottage as well as Fulham’s football.

It was an unbelievable night. I think Juventus were a little bit unsettled and put off by the ground. Craven Cottage is not a big stadium. The fans are very close to the pitch, so much closer than you see elsewhere, especially at Italian stadiums.

Elsewhere, the Hungarian, who scored two goals as Fulham stormed to a 4-1 second leg win to knock out the Italians, has been backing Bobby Zamora’s claims for an international call-up.

Bobby has done very well this season and I think Mr Capello is clever enough to see who are the best strikers in ­England. So I don’t need to say he’s good enough or not. ­England have a lot of good strikers and Bobby is one of them.

He’s playing fantastic this ­season. He was great last season, but the difference is he’s scored more goals this time.

We’ve arrived

The Telegraph suggest that Fulham were the hot topic of conversation before yesterday’s European draws in Nyon. And why not after that sensational performance against Juventus?

Recognition

Reading the papers is a joy today. Here are just a couple of snippets.

From the Times:

At the end, Davies asked for Alessandro Del Piero’s top as the venerable striker trudged off. The way the game had gone, it should have been the Italian requesting a souvenir instead. All who glittered last night wore white shirts, not gold.

The Telegraph:

This was, probably, surely, the greatest night in Fulham’s history and everyone who was here, except for the shell-shocked, silenced Juve supporters, will recall it time and time again.

They will recall the way in which Zamora, the much-maligned, much-criticised, and, at times, lumbering striker out-muscled the canny Cannavaro — using some of the defender’s own dark arts to create space — to chest down and volley past 39-year-old, third-choice goalkeeper Antonio Chimenti who went on to have an horrific evening.

They will recall two goals from Zoltan Gera and they will recall, above all, the way in which Clint Dempsey shimmied along the edge of the penalty area to drift the most exquisite of right-foot chips up and over Chimenti and into the top corner of the net.

As the ball arced through the air, it was unerring. It was almost as if time stood still for the breathless Fulham supporters and how their team deserved such a brilliant goal to win a brilliant match and cap a brilliant performance, a brilliant comeback.

And the Italian papers aren’t happy either. Brilliant.

Dempsey dreams of more glory nights

Clint Dempsey says there’s no reason why Fulham can’t continue their European run after his fine chip dumped Juventus out of the Europa League last night.

Can we go all the way? Why not? If you work hard and you believe, there’s always a chance. And I believe.

We’re a team that has a lot of character and that has a lot of heart. Everybody thought it was over when we went 1-0 down but the character and the heart of the guys began to show, we fought back and to get the result we did was incredible.

To go from relegation candidates to the quarter finals of the Europa League is crazy. But you always have to be trying to better yourself and be moving in the right direction, and this club is doing that.

We’re getting stronger and stronger, and hopefully we can push further in this competition and in the FA Cup, and see if we can try to finish where we did or higher in League than last season.

To me, scoring that goal says to me that I’m back after my injury. I’ve just to keep working hard and get my fitness back and get that sharpness and get the form that I had before I got injured.