Daniel Farke is expecting promotion-chasing Cardiff City to provide a stern test for his side at Carrow Road on Saturday.
The Bluebirds were recently nudged down to third in the Sky Bet Championship table but remain only a point behind second-placed Fulham with a game in hand.
“Fulham are on fire at the moment so there is pressure on Cardiff if they want to achieve automatic promotion,” Farke told the press on Friday lunchtime. “They will be desperate for three points, and like against Villa and Fulham they are chasing for promotion and have a strong side.
“We have lots of respect for them, and they are especially good at defending, so it might be tricky to create as many chances as we have done recently so we’ll have to be clinical.”
Farke highlighted the need to be aggressive defensively but also to retain possession to keep the Cardiff attack at bay.
“They are the best side in the division at set-pieces, but if you’re greedy and aggressive you’ll be able to defend them so we know what we need to do.
“We also know that when we have the possession we have to control the match and stop them getting into good areas and gaining those free-kicks and corners. We have to be calm and use the ball well.”
Farke also said he was a big admirer of Cardiff manager Neil Warnock.
“I’m full of respect for him. He’s so experienced and has so many promotions – he knows how to win games. His work this season has been brilliant as well.
“He’s full of passion and still motivated after so many years in the game.”