Riise relishes trip to Spurs
John Arne Riise wants Fulham to take advantage of Tottenham
Hotspur’s hectic schedule when Martin Jol returns to his former
club on Sunday.
The Cottagers have not been in competitive action since the 2-2
draw at Sunderland on March 2 after being knocked out of the FA
Tottenham, in contrast, will have played three additional
fixtures by the time they face Fulham and Riise is hopeful that
Spurs’ busy run can work in their favour.
“It’s one of the toughest matches because of the way they play
and they’re in good shape,” Riise told Fulham’ official
“But they have a heavy schedule right now as they’re playing in
the Europa League so hopefully they’ll be a bit tired.”
The Norway full-back is not expecting an easy afternoon across
London and added: “They still have one of the best players in the
league at the moment in Gareth Bale.
“He can’t stop scoring and he’s a fantastic person as well.
They’ve got Aaron Lennon on the other side too and good players all
over the pitch.
“It will be nice to see Mousa Dembele and Clint Dempsey again
but it will be a very tough game for us. That’s the type of game
we’ll go into to try and get at least a point.”
The fixture also represents the chance for Fulham to make amends
after the 3-0 home defeat to their London rivals at Craven Cottage
earlier this term.
“We should have won that game but somehow lost,” said Riise.
“But every game has its own life and, as I said, they have a
busy schedule, whereas we’ll have had a free weekend.
“We’ll train well and prepare our best for it and we look
forward to it. It’s a derby and anything can happen.”