Grygera raring to get going

Grygera was part of the Juventus side that led 4-1 on aggregate at
Craven Cottage in a last-16 tie a year and a half ago before being
stunned by one of the most unlikely comebacks ever seen in European
football. The defender, who joined Fulham on transfer deadline day,
admitted he would “never forget” the atmosphere that night and
revealed he was hoping to experience it again, starting in
Thursday’s opening Group K clash with FC Twente. He told his club’s
official website: “Fulham turned a lot of heads when they knocked
Juventus out of the competition and I’ve taken an interest ever
since – when you are involved in a game like that it is only
natural. “I’ve played a few times against English teams over the
years and, every time, I have been struck by the atmosphere in and
around the grounds, and Craven Cottage was no different. “Even
though it is small in comparison to some, the atmosphere was
fantastic and made for a great setting. “It was a difficult night
for those on the losing side but, of course, it was a special night
for Fulham. “It’s not often an Italian team concedes four goals –
you rarely see that happen. “But Fulham played the better football,
showed more fight and, in the end, were the team that deserved the
win. “It’s funny how things work out. It shows that in football you
just never know what will happen. “I’m very happy to be opening a
new chapter in my career and hopefully I can share similar lasting
memories with the fans. “This is a country that loves its football
and I’m always impressed by the way the game is played and the
manner in which the fans follow.” Grygera became the seventh of 10
new arrivals this summer, joining John Arne Riise and Pajtim Kasami
in making the move from Serie A. “You can see that football in
England is different to football in Italy,” said the 31-year-old,
who will be hoping to make his debut on Thursday. “It is a lot more
physical over here and, in my opinion, the game is played at a
higher level, although in Italy it is arguably more tactical. “It
was a great honour to play for a club like Juventus – one of the
most renowned and successful clubs not just in Italy, but perhaps
even the world. “But, after four seasons in Turin, I am now
concentrating on being here and doing well for Fulham.” The former
Ajax star added: “I am a bit older than most of the others that
have come in, but I like to think that I bring a lot of experience.
“I’m hopeful that everything will work out for me here and, like
all new signings, that I can provide my new team with something
extra. “I’m known for my versatility and, in recent years, more
often than not, I have played in either of the full-back positions.
But then, at Ajax, I played more in the centre of defence, so it’s
difficult to say what exactly my best position is. “Fulham play a
different style, so we’ll see where I can establish myself.”