Fulham outline their status as Premier League side pending against Man City – The Athletic

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There will always be temperance when we compare this Championship season under Marco Silva with that of Jean Tigana in 2000-01.

Circumstances were very different, with Fulham emerging from difficult times and football itself in a very different place. Tigana was a game changer for Fulham, and the uniqueness of this season will not fade with time.

But the comparisons will continue to whisper in the background, especially as Fulham continue to fight for their first title since this season. There’s the innovative coach, the team’s swagger and his attacking style of play. There were also iconic moments at Ewood Park and a goalscorer setting the league on fire. There are similarities. The excitement that greets every game has reached a point this year where even a trip to the Etihad isn’t seen as the inevitability it surely should be.

There was, however, a real comparison on Saturday.

It was the first time the leaders of England’s second tier have faced leaders of its first tier in the FA Cup since Tigana’s Fulham hosted Manchester United in January 2001. That day Fulham gave United a scare and proved he was ready for the Premier League, with current Fulham assistant manager Luis Boa Morte taking the fight to the pitch. On Saturday, against United’s Mancunian neighbors, Fulham suffered a much more one-sided fate. But the lasting feeling wasn’t much different. Fulham had described their status as a Premier League team on hold.

Fulham had not scored in their previous seven meetings with Manchester City, having won no game against them since April 2009, a run of 17 matches.

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