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Ranieri calls on Fulham players to be ‘soldiers’ ahead of Man United clash

Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri has called on his Fulham players ‘to fight until the end,’ in their battle to avoid relegation.

The Cottagers currently sit in 19th place in the Premier League table, seven points from safety, and their chances of surviving in the top flight become slimmer with every passing week.

Ranieri’s side welcome high-flying Manchester United to Craven Cottage for Saturday’s early kick off this week, with the Italian coach calling on his men to give everything to get a result.

“We know where we are, we know it’s very tough and we need soldiers who fight until the end,” Ranieri told his pre-match press conference.

“We are ready to fight. I have to motivate them and give my positivity to our players. It’s much better to play at home than away. It’s very important to achieve points against this team.”

Ranieri dismissed suggestions that United may be distracted by their midweek Champions League tie against PSG, insisting big clubs are used to these kind of challenges.

“Big teams are used to playing match by match. I think they (Man United) will be very focused on Saturday, before thinking about PSG.

“They have so many good players. We must concentrate, be strong and show our personality during the match.”

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