It Is no secret I Wish to Flip Fulham into the Manchester United of the southEast, said Mohamed Al Fayed in the early 2000s, All over the time Jean Tiganas Cottagers swaggered into the Premier League.

Al Fayeds vision was commendable but always a little improbable. Nearly two decades on, though, Fulham are emulating a Manchester juggernaut again… only this moment, its City. Fulham lie fifth in the table 10 matches in the Championship season, though a win over Charlton on Saturday – live on Sky Sports Football – could place them top for at least a few hours. Results are OK, but nothing longer. It is the inherent numbers that show how Fulham are attempting to play the Pep Guardiola way. It begins with possession. Fulham averaged 69 percent in their opening 10 matches, including 84 per cent in a 4-0 beating of Millwall. No staff in Englands top two divisions has enjoyed more of the chunk. Fulham take good care of the ball at a similar method to City, also – their 88 per cent accuracy that is passing is comfortably the second-highest in the top 2 leagues, and just lesser than Citys. Fulham have settled with two playmakers in midfield ahead of a screener facing the trunk into a 4-3-3 system, a method remarkably similar to Man Citys. Fulham sit – maybe not very City levels of dominance, but its their best start into a season that is second-tier because Tiganas side sailed with 101 points in 2000/01 to the name. And their assaulting output is looking advertising standard. They are scorers using Preston, while goalkeepers have been functioned by Marcelo Bielsas Leeds and created opportunities in open play frequently. If Fulham have a problem its an occasional lack of cutting edge. The champions of guardiola are ruthless; Scott Parkers side can hold the ball for the sake of it. City play in the opposition half and average almost twice as many rolls at the opposition box, although city and Fulham average quite similar quantities of passes a game. It may appear harsh to judge anyone by the standards of a team whove averaged 99 points a season in the Premier League because 2017 – but the two of Fulhams promotions this century have been achieved with a particular style, so why dont you learn from the ideal? Read more here: