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Daniel Farke: It was a good session for the guys

15 July 2017

City’s Head Coach Daniel Farke was pleased with Norwich’s performance across the 120-minute friendly against Cambridge United, but admits there are injury concerns over Alex Pritchard and Timm Klose.

Early goals from Josh Murphy and Ben Godfrey gave City a 2-0 lead against the League Two outfit, and Farke felt his players were beginning to get into the rhythm of his methods.

“It was a pretty good session for the guys against a very aggressive and motivated opponent,” Farke said. “We didn’t give away too many chances which is good, especially in pre-season when guys can be a little bit tired and you’re changing a lot during the game.

“I thought we started the first 10 minutes a little bit sloppy and a little bit lazy, but after that I think we played 30 minutes really brilliantly. We dominated the game, were really good in possession and scored two goals and made many chances.

“After that we were very dominant and controlled the ball, but I wish we had some more deep runnings. But the guys were getting a little bit tired and in the fourth quarter it was hard because we had a pretty exhausting week. But all in all a very good session and I’m very content.”

Klose hobbled off after a late, crunching challenge while Pritchard had to be stretchered off after going over in the penalty area in the 100th minute. “Timm I hope is just a muscle strain or something like that so he won’t be away too long,” said Farke. “Alex has a strain with his ligament and hopefully it’s not too bad but he is in a lot of pain and was a bit disappointed in the dressing room so it looks not so good. But we have to wait for the diagnosis but I’m pretty concerned about that. But we have to deal with it and hopefully Alex and Timm can rejoin pretty soon.”

The City squad head to Germany on Sunday for a week-long training camp, featuring two matches against Bundesliga 2 sides. “It’ll be a hard work for the guys,” Farke said. “It’ll be a little bit more about tactical things against the ball, and we’ll speak about the transition game and for sure we’ll play some good opponents. We’re looking forward to the week.”

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