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Schurrle Says Ranieri Is Key

Schurrle Says Ranieri Is Key

Andre Schurrle says talent will count for nothing unless the Fulham players knuckle down and listed to Claudio Ranieri.

Expectations were high at Craven Cottage after making a glut of striking signings after sealing a Premier League return via the Championship play-offs.

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But things have gone awry this term, leading Slavisa Jokanovic to be sacked and Ranieri appointed manager at a club that sits bottom of the table after Saturday’s 4-1 loss at Manchester United.

Summer arrival Schurrle was naturally frustrated after this latest defeat for Fulham, who have plenty of work to do before hosting West Ham on Saturday.

“Yeah, but you know talent is something that if you don’t work hard, all the talent doesn’t help with something,” the German World Cup winner said.

“Claudio Ranieri knows the Premier League very well and he knows how to win games. He knows how to play, and he knows that we have to be compact, we have to be solid, we have to defend with all 10 men sometimes.

“We are still getting used to it because it’s a lot of tactics, a lot of defensive work because at the moment we need it. We need a clean sheet somehow to get some confidence in our defending and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

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