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Fulham manager Roy Hodgson: Only a win will make me enjoy Europa League final

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that he does not expect to enjoy his side's first ever European final against, when they face Atletico Madrid in the Europa League on Wednesday evening.

The Cottagers have exceeded expectations this season to reach the Europa League final, beating the likes of Juventus, Shakhtar Donetsk and Hamburg along the way.

Hodgson however, has revealed that he will not be able to sit back and enjoy the final unless his side triumph against the Spanish side.

"The idea of enjoying matches goes out of the window when you sign your first professional contract," Hodgson told FourFourTwo magazine.

"After that the only enjoyment you can get is doing your job well – that means winning."

The 62-year-old believes it will be a tough task to beat Atletico, who got the better of Liverpool in the semi-finals and thinks his side will have to be at their best on the night.

Hodgson, who has been in management since 1976, insists his experience will count for nothing however, on Wednesday evening.

He said: "Luckily, the match isn’t going to be decided on who has the most previous experience in Europe or the most famous players.

"It’ll be won by the team who play the best football on the night."

The Cottagers have been boosted by the return of Bobby Zamora and Damien Duff to training, ahead of Wednesday's showpiece.

The pair have been in fine form this season, and could prove to be the difference if Fulham are to triumph in Hamburg.

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