Claudio Ranieri Hails Amazing Fulham and Praises Aleksandar Mitrovic After 3-2 Southampton Victory

Claudio Ranieri was full of praise for Fulham after they fought their way to a 3-2 victory over Southampton on Saturday afternoon.

In what was Ranieri's first game in charge of Fulham, a first half strike from Andre Schurrle and a brace from Aleksandar Mitrovic helped to lift the Cottagers off the bottom of the table.

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Following the match, Ranieri hailed his side's determination and insisted that the result will put them on the path to future success.

"I​t is a little step, but an important step for the players, for everybody, for the fans," Ranieri told ​Sky Sports. "We had to work hard. The match was 3-2, but could have been many more for us, for them, but I am happy.

"When we were one down, I wanted to see how we reacted and it was very good, amazing. At 2-2 we again had to react, and this is the spirit that I like.

"The players arrive together this week, and I only had two days with them. It is not easy to work in this condition, but it is okay. Of course we have to work more, more, more. I asked the players to fight until the end."

​Mitrovic, who managed to break his six game goal drought, was also singled out for praise by Ranieri after he proved to be the game winner for ​Fulham.

Ranieri added: "For me Mitrovic is one of the best strikers in Europe. When I say Europe, let's say the world.

"He's only 24 years old, he's a fantastic player. It's important to give the ball to him because he can play as a platform but also as a goalscorer.

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"When the ball arrives in the box he's very, very close to the goal. It's important to give him a lot of chances to score."

Source : 90min