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My experience of playing in a European final will help Fulham in Europa League - Mark Schwarzer

Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer insists that he will draw on his vast experience to help his side win the Europa League.

The Cottagers take on Atletico Madrid in the final of the competition on May 12, and the shot-stopper is one of only two people in the squad to have played in a European final prior to the dream run under manager Roy Hodgson.

The Australian was a part of the Middlesbrough side that went all the way to the final of the UEFA Cup in 2006, only to lose 4-0 to Sevilla and return empty handed.

However, the Cottagers' custodian hopes to draw on his past experience and ensure that a similar situation does not occur this time around.

"You think back to the times you had before, particularly my times with Middlesbrough," Schwarzer told

"The experience you gain in the past, you try to bring forward. You try to use it to help your team-mates along the way, the guys who haven't been in that position."

Earlier in the season, it had appeared as though Hodgson's charges were certainly going to bow out of the competition, following a 3-1 loss to Juventus in Turin. However, the London-based club staged a sensational comeback to beat the Italian club 4-1 at home and ensure progression in the competition.

"Those evenings are the sort you've dreamed of," said the 'keeper. "You would normally write a movie script about it, but to actually experience it and live it is very special. It's something that will definitely stay with me for the rest of my life, as well as the rest of the players. We'll definitely look back with fond memories."

Fulham will clash with Atletico on May 12 at the HSH Nordbank Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

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