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Jol relaxed at Fulham's early return to action

Fulham boss Martin Jol is taking Thursday's game with NSI Runavik of the Faroe Islands in his stride as the Cottagers return to competitive football in the Europa League first round. Fulham have fond memories of the competition having defeated the likes of Shakhtar Donetsk, Hamburg and Juventus on the way to a final showdown with Atletico Madrid in the 2010.

"I would imagine that there are quite a few teams that would like to be in Europe," he said.

"In Holland you play for Europe and I think it is the same in England.

"In the league you play for the support and yourself.

"You want to stay in the league firstly but secondly you want to finish in the first five or six spots. You want to be in Europe. That is the goal.

"Maybe that wasn't the goal for Fulham but because they are playing the way they did they did well in the Fair Play cup.

"If you can do that and if you're lucky enough you play in Europe so you can't complain.

"Two years ago they did unbelievably well, gave the club a good profile in Europe and the money was coming in as well."

Asked whether his side could repeat the exploits of 2010, he added: "You need a bit of luck but I remember Fulham playing against Shakhtar Donetsk and beating them.

"I can't remember Shakhtar losing a game at home so they certainly played a way that could be successful in Europe, so why not?"

Jol admitted that he would need a squad of more than 20 players for a sustained assault on Europe but refused to comment on the players he is looking to bring in.

 It's kicking off again! Click here for your No1 source for Fulham transfer market news and gossip.

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