Hangeland relishing European opportunity

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Fulham centre back Brede Hangeland is looking forward to playing in the Europa League again next season, despite the Cottagers facing a difficult juggle between European and domestic football.

“We have some experience playing in Europe,” Hangeland said.

“We know that it is a bit different from playing in the Premier League, but we know how to approach it.

“I would say that having been a part of that adventure last year we all know where it can end and that should be our motivation for playing well in those games and trying to get as far as we can.”


Hangeland said that Fulham will be looking to keep a clean injury sheet, despite the large amount of matches, so players can be fresh to keep the side’s ambitions alive in both competitions.

“The main thing is to try and stay free from injuries and recover well after games and get ready,” the Norway international said.

“We have done it once before [in 2010, when Fulham came runners-up], so we know that it is possible.

“You have to accept that you are going to play a lot of games, but as I said we did it before so there is no reason why we can't do it again.”

The Fulham man said the experience of nearly winning the Cup last year was motivation enough for the squad to want to get as far as possible in Europe again.

“We all had a fantastic experience last year and we will have a good go and even before getting to the Final there were some fantastic memories,” Hangeland said.

“Going away to play teams and going to places you may never go again is a good experience so we will try it again.”

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