As the Tigers prepare for Sunday’s crucial away game against Crystal Palace, defender Andrea Ranocchia has likened the magnitude of the fixture to a Champions League Final with his side’s Premier League status on the line.
Marco Silva’s men go into this weekend’s fixtures a point adrift of safety, and could find themselves further behind by the time they kick-off at Selhurst Park if Swansea pick up a result at Sunderland on Saturday afternoon.
Ranocchia, currently on loan from Inter Milan, knows it’s vital that points are gained from the trip to London and is in determined mood.
“We’ve got two games to play and they are the equivalent of two Champions League finals,” said Ranocchia.
“They’re not normal matches. They are matches of huge importance and we have to look to take six points and work as hard as we possibly can to make that happen.
“We have to find a positive reaction to last weekend’s defeat. We have worked hard in training throughout the week and we will be working as hard as we possibly can to get the result we want and need at Palace on Sunday.
“We have to go there and win – it’s as simple as that. It’s a big game this weekend. Crystal Palace also need a result themselves, but we have to go there and show that we want it more than they do.
“We have given ourselves a difficult path to go down for the last two games of the season but we still believe and we will be giving everything we have got.”
Since arriving at the Club in January, Ranocchia has struck up and effective partnership with Harry Maguire at the heart of the Tigers’ defence and he hopes they can help secure a successful end to the season.
“The partnership at the back with Harry Maguire has worked well and one can usually cover the other if needs be. Hopefully that can continue for the next two games,” added Ranocchia.
“I have enjoyed the Premier League and I have enjoyed being a part of this team, but I want it to be memorable at the end of the season for helping this team to stay in the Premier League.”