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Daniel Farke 'full of compliments'

21 July 2017

Norwich City's players impressed Daniel Farke hugely in Friday night's 3-1 win over DSC Arminia Bielefeld.

The Canaries produced a highly-polished display to see off their German counterparts, with Steven Naismith, Cameron Jerome and Nelson Oliveira on target.

Speaking to Norwich City TV after the match, the Head Coach said: "Today I have only compliments for my players.

"We played against a really solid club in the second division who were here with their starting eleven for next week. They were pretty motivated and aggressive in the opening minutes so we had to calm it down.

"There were some mistakes early, but from minute-to-minute we dominated more. At half-time we deserved the lead and in the second half we controlled the game.

"We could have scored many more times so I'm very content. It was a good test for us."

Farke bestowed particular praise upon his men for their application in the game following an intensive week of training as part of their 2017-18 preparations.

"We had many sessions this week and a lot of the guys had to have many minutes," he explained.

"Two days ago I was concerned they were tired but the more we played, the fresher we appeared. This week was important for our physical basement; we played 180 minutes of very concentrated football.

"We're finding a good balance between being attacking and concentrating on defending. Right now, it's just pre-season, but the guys did it very well.

"We began today with a 4-1-4-1 and had some problems with our possession. Bielefeld played with a lot of long balls so we had to save our centre. For that we had to switch to a 3-5-2 and it was a good decision as it gave us more control.

"It's important to be flexible in the base formations and to bring our ideas to the pitch in each game."

There was also positive news on Jerome, who left the field early after appearing to be in some discomfort.

"Cameron felt some pain in the muscle," Farke added.

"I don't think it's too bad. It's normal after 70 minutes of running to have that.

"It's quite normal in pre-season. I don't think it's a bad injury but we'll wait for the diagnosis of the doctor. Hopefully he can return soon."

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