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Fulham the focus

Posted on 15 October 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp insists he is looking no further than Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to Fulham despite a busy week ahead.

Fulham the focus

Harry Redknapp insists he is looking no further than Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to Fulham despite a busy week ahead.

Hot on the heels of our visit to Craven Cottage is a mouth-watering Champions League clash with holders Inter Milan at the San Siro on Wednesday.

But the manager admits the team cannot even begin to look at that game with domestic matters the priority for the time being.

Harry knows maintaining our top four status in the Premier League this season will guarantee more visits to places like the San Siro in the future.

So a result against a Fulham team currently unbeaten in the league this season is a must for him.

He said: "The players have to concentrate on the trip to Craven Cottage - that is the only thing we're concentrating on, the key game.

"The league position is all-important because, unless we win the Champions League this season, we are not going to qualify unless we finish in the top four.

"So the Premier League is the priority. We want a good run in the Champions League and to go as far as we can but if you go out and finish halfway up the table it's not good."

Mark Hughes is the man to have masterminded Fulham's solid start to the campaign having taken over at the helm from Roy Hodgson in the summer.

And Harry is full of respect for both the former Manchester United and Barcelona striker as well as the west London club itself.

He added: "Mark has carried on the great work of Roy. Mark has always done well wherever he goes - Blackburn, Manchester City - and Fulham is exactly the same.

"They play well and are well organised. We played their reserves recently and they were very good. That is always a hallmark of whether a club is going well.

"Mark's done a great job and I see them finishing in the top half of the table again."