Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic looking to earn 'prestige' from Spurs showdown

17 February 2017 06:09

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic admits his side's high-profile FA Cup clash against Tottenham provides him with the perfect stage to show off his managerial credentials.

The Cottagers host Tottenham - who will head to west London following back-to-back away defeats - in the fifth round after thrashing Premier League side Hull 4-1.

Jokanovic, the former Chelsea midfielder, has impressed at Fulham since he took charge of the club in December 2015, guiding them to eighth in the Sky Bet Championship table ahead of Sunday's fixture.

The 48-year-old Serbian is, however, out of contract in the summer and while he is in talks with the club over a new deal, a strong performance against Spurs will do little to harm his burgeoning reputation.

"It's a great opportunity personally for myself," Jokanovic said. "I don't see this game in front of us like one normal game. It is an extra present for us.

"If we can win it can be prestigious for the club, for the players, and why not for myself?

"In this life you can spend the money and you can earn the money, but if you spend the prestige it is a very complicated life in front of you. I am going to fight for some kind of prestige in this game."

Tottenham have won just two of their last 14 matches on the road. They suffered a 2-0 defeat at Liverpool last weekend before a surprise first-leg loss in the Europa League against Belgian side Gent on Thursday.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is likely to ring the changes for the trip to their London neighbours, but despite pushing for promotion back to the Premier League, Jokanovic insists he will resist the urge to rotate his Fulham squad.

"I watched the game last night, and Gent played very good football," Jokanovic added. "They were aggressive and strong.

"I believe they (Spurs) will change the team a little bit and they will use some different players but this team is full of quality.

"This is the FA Cup. We must respect this competition and play with energy and with ambition to pass the round.

"I will try to field a competitive squad. I will try to choose the best team for what is in front of us, and what is in front of us is one of the top Premier League teams. It's not time for myself to try to make some experiments in February."

Source: PA