Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic relishing FA Cup clash with Tottenham
By Rory O'Callaghan
Last Updated: 17/02/17 6:34pm
Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic believes his side's FA Cup fifth-round clash with Tottenham is the perfect opportunity to showcase his managerial talents.
Spurs travel to Craven Cottage this weekend on the back of consecutive defeats to Liverpool and Gent, while Fulham are up to eighth in the Championship table after recent wins over Wigan and Nottingham Forest.
Jokanovic has impressed since taking over at Fulham in December 2015 and the former Chelsea midfielder, who is out of contract this summer, believes a high-profile win over Tottenham can only improve his growing 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."
Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping his side can bounce back from their surprise defeat to Gent in the Europa League on Thursday night.
Spurs failed to impress in Belgium as the hosts claimed a 1-0 win in the first leg of their last-32 tie.
Pochettino is likely to rotate his squad for Sunday's game but Jokanovic will resist the urge to make wholesale changes.
"I watched the game last night, and Gent played very good football," Jokanovic said. "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."