Roy Hodgson has urged his Fulham side to complete their miraculous season in style when they clash with Athletico Madrid in the Europa League final next week.

Having seen off Hamburg in dramatic style, the Cottagers will meet the Spanish side in Germany on Wednesday.

And the Fulham boss hopes his charges will grasp their chance at history.

Hodgson said: “It has been a real season to remember for us but we have the chance to go one better.

“If we could lift the Europa League trophy it would be an incredible achievement and it would be almost impossible to match that.

“We have our sights fully set on the final and I do not think anybody could expect any different.

“Next year will be back to the nitty, gritty of surviving in the Premier League but for now we have to enjoy this.”

Hodgson rang the changes as his side saw off West Ham 3-2 on Sunday thanks to goals from Clint Dempsey, Stefano Okaka and a Carlton Cole own-goal.

And the veteran boss admitted he was delighted with the response of his incoming players.

Hodgson added: “I had faith in the players I bought in and they did not let me down.

“I think highly of them but they still have to go out there and perform and they did.

“It was one of those games where we could have been flat but we deserved the win.”

Hodgson has also been garnering praise from a host of Premier League managers regarding a possible Manager of the Year nod.

And Fulham boss revealed he had been touched by the comments.

He added: “It is extremely pleasing to hear some of the plaudits.

“When you have people like Sir Alex Ferguson coming out and saying how they appreciate what we have done here means an awful lot to me.”

Fulham’s remaining fixtures: May 8 Arsenal (a), 12 Athletico Madrid (EL, Hamburg)