Daniel Farke expects a tough battle at the Riverside on Tuesday evening as City take on Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship.
Norwich are three points off Boro, who sit in sixth place and are unbeaten at home this season.
“Boro are favourites for the title and are in good shape and have good form at home this season,” Farke said at Monday’s press conference. “But we’re looking forward to it and players always look forward to big tasks and big games.
“Middlesbrough have a really good coach and they have really good players. They were in the Premier League, and they have a lot of individual players. But not many people expected us to win at Sheffield United but we showed how competitive we are, and we’ll be going there with the same attitude.”
Norwich are unbeaten in five matches, but Farke was left ruing several missed chances in the stalemate against Bristol City on Saturday.
“I was frustrated we couldn’t get the win,” Farke said. “We had a big chance to make a big step in the table, but eight points out of four games isn’t too bad and four clean sheets in a row is great. But we deserved to win the game and were disappointed afterwards.
“I always want to think big and be hungry for success, but when you calm down and analyse it you see we had a problem with our finishing, but we created four or five really good chances and a very close offside goal. But we’re in a good mood and full of hope to extend our good form against Boro.”
While Farke is keen for City to start taking more of their chances, he is delighted with the improvement in his side’s defensive performances. “I’m happy with our defending behaviour – four clean sheets in a row in the league is exceptional but you have to prove it every game,” he said. “I’m not too concerned about the two stalemates at home. Against Burton we struggled to created chances, but to me that is a one-off.
“We won well at Brentford and created a lot of chances, and in the first-half against Bristol City we created easily enough chances to win the game. So I’m not concerned about creating chances, but we just have to be more brutal with our finishing.”