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Guardiola heaps praise on Scott Parker and Graham Potter for playing with ‘courage’

Pep Guardiola has praised Scott Parker and Graham Potter for playing with ‘courage’ this season ahead of Manchester City’s clash with Fulham this weekend.

Guardiola’s side travel to face Fulham at Craven Cottage tomorrow evening, with the home side desperately seeking results as they bid to climb out of the Premier League’s relegation places.

Despite the club’s struggles this season, Fulham have earned praise for their style and performances and secured an impressive 1-0 win at Liverpool last weekend to increase their hopes of survival.

The Cottagers have now lost just one of their past seven fixtures ahead of an encounter with the league leaders this weekend, and Guardiola has been impressed by the club’s performances this season.

The Spaniard has praised manager Scott Parker – alongside Brighton’s Graham Potter and Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl – for showing ambition and ‘courage’ to play an entertaining brand of football.

“Since day one, they have Fulham have played incredibly well,” Guardiola told his pre-match press conference.

“They were relegated with Scott at the end of the season and after that, they were promoted.

“In English football, there are incredibly good managers such as Graham Potter at Brighton and Scott at Fulham.

“Many of them have courage to play. In my fifth season in England, I have never seen the lower teams with this quality of play.

“We saw it with Southampton. The way they play is incredible. I saw it here with Fulham earlier this season.

“The pace they play with, the organisation – a real tough, tough opponent.

“Even the games when they didn’t have success with the results, like Brighton, always the way they played us positively. It’s a challenge for us on Saturday.”

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