Guardiola tries his best to convince everybody that Fulham are actually a good team

Pep Guardiola says Fulham have ‘good quality’, despite the club having lost seven consecutive league fixtures.

Guardiola takes his in-form Manchester City side to face the struggling Londoners at Craven Cottage this weekend, with the two sides at opposite ends of the Premier League table.

Claudio Ranieri has departed the club and been replaced by Scott Parker on a caretaker basis, with Fulham now 11 points from safety and looking set for a swift return to the Championship.

Despite their opponent’s struggles, Guardiola admits to being impressed with Fulham’s recent form, and is anticipating a close encounter on Saturday lunchtime.

“I saw the last three games, Leicester, Chelsea, Liverpool at home. Against tough opponents they were close,’’ Guardiola told his pre-match press conference.

“They are trying to play like they did with Slavisia Jokanovic. They played well, they have good quality.

“I don’t see the table what they have done, but he has done very well.”

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