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Daniel Farke: Training Camp key to togetherness

18 July 2017

Daniel Farke is satisfied with the work done by his Norwich City squad so far during the opening days of their German training camp.

The Canaries flew out from Britain on Sunday morning, arriving at their base of Hotel-Residence Klosterpforte near Dortmund later the same day.

Speaking exclusively to Norwich City TV, Farke said: "We have very good conditions and facilities here.

"It's just thirty minutes away from my hometown. I've been here several times so knew we would have a nice place where we can work very hard.

"The sun has been shining since we got here which helps. It's a pretty good atmosphere to prepare for the new season and I'm very content with how the players have settled in.

"We have had a lot of sessions during the days and meetings analysing our game. It's been hard for the guys but that's what we wanted.

"It's pre-season and we have to prepare for a very long season. It's not a place to relax, it's a place to work."

With seven players linking up with City for the first time this summer, the opportunity to work together in such an environment has clear benefits - not just physically, but mentally too.

"Especially for the new players it's really important to be here with the guys 24 hours a day," the Head Coach explained.

"They can experience more about our club, our ideas and our strategy. In addition to that it's quite important to speak with the guys about other topics than football.

"It's good for them to get a feeling for each other. This helps create an attitude which will be there for us during the season, an atmosphere of togetherness.

"English teams have a tradition of doing initiation songs, which was a lot of fun. We had a really nice evening and it's important to have such moments and experiences beyond the pitch."

On Wednesday the Canaries contest their first fixture while in Germany when they face MSV Duisburg, before coming up against Arminia Bielefield two days later.

"I expect two very hard matches as they are both very solid clubs," added Farke.

"The teams in Germany are a little bit further on in their pre-season so we are their last important test game. As always, for the last test, you want to be focussed. 

"With the training camp, we will be playing the games with some tired legs. It will be a pretty hard challenge for us as our opponents will be in good shape.

"That's what we want. We want hard tests. It's not about the result, it's about taking the challenge and being combative."

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