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Magath hoping Chelsea's Euro exertions will benefit strugglers Fulham

Fulham boss Felix Magath hopes the Cottagers will be facing a tired Chelsea after their midweek game in Europe in their Premier League derby on Saturday. "When a team has played in the Champions League, it is always an advantage," Magath said. "We are lucky that Chelsea have had such a long trip to Istanbul to play on Wednesday. It's a good situation for us.

"I remember the situation - you have to stay at the airport, fly for a few hours and then play the game at night.

"Players can't sleep so well and are tired and then they have to spend more time at the airport. It bothers the players a lot.

"It gives us a chance. Chelsea are favourites, everyone knows that, but we'll try to fight and make a fast game. If we pressurise Chelsea then we have a good chance to win the game.

"It's an important game for me because it's my first appearance at Craven Cottage. If we show fighting spirit on the pitch, we can get the crowd behind us.

"At home games the crowd will be the 12th man and that's what we need. We need all the support we can get."

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