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Mitrovic “so happy I want to cry,” Ranieri harbors murderous thoughts

Britain Soccer Premier League

Huddersfield Town’s Mathias Zanka Jorgensen, left, and Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic in action during their English Premier League soccer match at Craven Cottage in London, Saturday Dec. 29, 2018. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)


Claudio Ranieri is delighted that Fulham took a pivotal three points off relegation rivals Huddersfield Town, but enraged with striker Aboubakar Kamara.

[ RECAP: Fulham 1-0 Huddersfield ]

That’s because the latter took penalty duties off Aleksandar Mitrovic, who would eventually win the game, and proceeded to miss his effort.

“It is unbelievable, he did not respect me, the club, the team and crowd,” said the Fulham manager. “I spoke with him, it is not right. I want to kill him, that is normal when one man takes a ball, only because he scored the last penalty (against Manchester United). It should be Mitrovic, that is it.”

Ranieri said the late winner from Mitrovic was “a dream” for the Cottagers, who moved into 18th place with 14 points.

That’s four ahead of bottom side Huddersfield and just one back of 17th place Southampton.

Mitrovic shrugged off Kamara’s miss by complimenting the striker’s efforts in the rest of the match. The ebullient “Mitro” had this to say:

“For the penalty, we had a small argument and I think it is my job for penalties. He did not think like this but I respect that. I have done the same in the past. I don’t have a problem with this, he missed and that is part of football. He changed the game when he came on in the second half. We worked very hard for the win.

“Last time I said I am so unhappy I want to cry, today I want to say I am so happy I want to cry.”

He’s nuts a character, and one we’re lucky to have in this league (in some ways, just like his manager).

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