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Mel: Fulham will be unknown quantity

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07:00 21st February 2014

Hawthorns chief is prepared for all eventualities

PEPE Mel has told his players to expect the unexpected when they take on Fulham at The Hawthorns tomorrow (ko 3pm).

The Cottagers appointed former Bayern Munich boss Felix Magath as their new manager last Friday, replacing Rene Meulensteen.

Mel believes it is difficult to predict how Fulham will line up but insists his main focus is on his own team.

"The next match is a big match for us," he said.
 
"There is a new coach at Fulham so all the reports we have on them are no good because they have new concepts.

“But Saturday is 11 versus 11.

“I think Fulham play 4-2-3-1 but it’s possible Magath says he doesn’t like that. Maybe he will play five in defence, for example.

"That doesn't make things more difficult because, for me, what is more important is my team, my players, my way.

"My focus is only on keeping the ball and our tactics.

"The other things are important but not the most important. 

"The most important thing is the way we play - the system, tactics and set-plays. 

"This is more important for us.

"Fulham is the next game and it's very important because Fulham are in the relegation zone. 

"But all our focus is on the way to win."

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