Fulham boss Felix Magath nervous ahead of final Premier League matches
Felix Magath has confessed to feeling nervous as Fulham's battle against relegation reaches its dramatic conclusion.
Last Updated: 03/05/14 2:16pm
Magath is convinced that wins at Stoke and at home to Crystal Palace in their final two games will see the Cottagers safe, but the veteran German manager has never experienced relegation in his 19-year career and is aware how close Fulham are to ending that record.
"For me, it (keeping Fulham in the Premier League) would be my most successful achievement," he said.
"I have never been relegated and I'm a bit afraid of the situation, I don't know how it feels to be relegated. I am afraid.
"I am always nervous, without nerves you cannot bring 100 per cent. The mental side is always the most important thing - the players know how to kick, mentality is what we are fighting for.
"I still believe two wins will be enough. There is no doubt, we need three points to have the chance to not be relegated. That is the situation.
"We know Stoke are a very good team at home, but we are confident that we have developed in the last few weeks and showed against Hull last weekend that we are able to play good games.
"Away from home we won at Aston Villa and we are confident we can manage it. The atmosphere is very good and the players want to show people we are still alive."
Magath has Fulham's record signing Kostas Mitroglou available for the two final fixtures - but is unsure as to whether to risk him.
The £12m acquisition has made just two appearances since his arrival from Olympiakos in January and Magath said: "Kostas is part of our team now and he can play again this season.
"He's a player who is very dangerous in the box. At the beginning, as we played, we weren't coming into the box.
"It was not the right situation for him. Now we are creating some chances and coming into the box. In the box he is very good.
"Kostas wants to play and will help us. You never know if he has not played how he will realise his abilities in a game."