Daniel Farke says City will be desperate to get through to the third round of the Carabao Cup when they face Charlton Athletic on Tuesday evening.
Norwich beat Swindon Town 3-2 at Carrow Road to progress into Round Two, and it will be the second time the Canaries have faced Charlton in the last six week following a 2-0 win in pre-season at The Valley.
“I like the situation of a do-or-die game,” Farke says. “I want us to go into the next round. Especially after the loss to Aston Villa, it is important for the self-confidence to win this game and go into the next round. I’m a deep believer in cup games and giving 100% in these matches.”
Farke admits he has a balancing job in order to pick the best possible XI while also ensuring players are well rested.
“I want to win this game, although we have to watch our load and our injuries,” he says. “Although I’m thinking about resting some young players, it’s up to me to find the right decisions and hopefully we’ll win this game.”
Goals from Yanic Wildschut and Steven Naismith sealed City’s pre-season win at The Valley, and Farke is expecting a tough test from a Charlton side that beat Northampton Town 4-1 in League One on Saturday.
“Charlton have a really good squad and have a good chance of promotion,” Farke says. “We played them in pre-season and it was a really close game, and they could have taken a draw or a win. They have a good squad and we have to bring 100% to the game.”
Farke was also keen to defend his players after the 4-2 loss at Villa Park on Saturday. “Each and every fan in the stadium will know we have to be patient with a lot of young lads,” he says. “I will be there for the guys and support the guys – so criticise me if you have to criticise anyone. Don’t criticise the young guys because we need to trust them and they’re hungry and will learn from mistakes.
“Christoph Zimmermann went from being a hero after QPR to being questioned against Aston Villa. Harrison Reed had a brilliant game against QPR and three days after that he made a poor mistake that led to the goal, and people are questioning him. That’s far too fast to make judgments. These young players will make mistakes – that always happens with youngsters – and I am there to trust in them and improve them.
“I could stand here and say I want a consistent, experienced player like John Terry but we all wanted a fresh new start this season and I’m totally convinced this is the right way – to trust in our young players. We’ll have to contend with setbacks, and I am content with how they’re doing and I know they will improve.”