Felix Magath says trying to keep Fulham in the top flight is the toughest test of his managerial career.
The Cottagers are bottom with 21 points with 10 matches left, a point behind Cardiff, whom they visit on Saturday.
Magath won three Bundesliga titles, but said: "It's the most difficult because now we are behind the other teams."
The 60-year-old German added: "The team is growing together and that is what makes me sure we can avoid relegation."
"The best confidence you can get is if you win," he said. "We need a win for our confidence.
"If I look at the schedules I know we have quite a good schedule in the last 10 games.
"I am convinced we will avoid relegation because we have developed in the last 14 days. Everybody has to put in a shift and push the team to give their best."
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