Fulham Coach Roy Hodgson: Playing Juventus Will Be Like A Final

Hodgson is getting ready to return to Serie A...
Roy Hodgson is preparing to lead Fulham to new heights in the Europa League, but he is well aware that facing Juventus is anything but easy.

"Playing against the Bianconeri is like a final for us, there aren't many teams left in the competition who can match the pedigree of Juventus," he told Tuttosport.

The Cottagers travel to Turin on Thursday for the first-leg, last 16 clash, and for Hodgson playing away from home first is always a big advantage.

"It certainly isn't a disadvantage [to play away]. It's always better for us to play the decisive [second leg] match at Craven Cottage.

"The stadium will be sold out and, although we have played little in Europe, we have a 14 game unbeaten run at home, and we are proud of this."