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Fulham, Atletico prepare for final

05-12-2010 10:35 BJT

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It's been a long time coming but Fulham's epic season will come to a close against Atletico Madrid in Hamburg on Wednesday. Roy Hodgson's west London side played 18 games to reach the UEFA Europa league final, and now looks to write a new chapter in club history by winning its first European title.

Fulham's European adventure has taken them to the far corners of the continent. Now it's time to turn the final page. Coach Roy Hodgson realizes just how much is at stake for the club.

Roy Hodgson said, "If the question is 'are you taking the game seriously, do you want to win it, have you prepared as best you can to win it, will you be giving your all on the night, will your players be doing everything they can in order to win it?' then the answer is a big, big yes. But I think there will be another eleven players across the field that will be doing their best as well."

Atletico Madrid's road to Hamburg has not been quite as complex as Fulham's, but the Spanish side also had to overcome a lot of hurdles this season.

Quique Sanchez Flores's team is still on course for a cup double with the domestic Copa del Rey final to come.

"Well it is a responsibility we are bound to, the responsibility to play well, and whatever happens, we accept that responsibility and we want to seize the opportunity. We want to play as we have been able to throughout, and I think tomorrow we must be aware of the fact that we have to be in top shape." Flores said.

Atletico has won both the Spanish league and cup nine times, but it last enjoyed silverware success when it won the domestic double back in 1996.

The European Cup Winners' Cup back in 1962 was the side's only previous European success. Now, Atletico has a chance to emerge from the shadow of its neighbor Real Madrid and reintroduce itself on the main stage.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source:

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