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Daniel Farke: We know it will be tough but we have our unity

28 December 2018

Daniel Farke hopes his City side will end the year with a strong performance and successful result in front of the fans at Carrow Road.

Despite having to play without several key players for Saturday’s match against Derby County, the City Head Coach said his team will be rebellious again as they look to finish 2018 on a high.

Reflecting on the last 12 months, Farke said: “When you look at the table of the whole year, I think we were pretty much on top and won many points with a brilliant January at the beginning of the year, and hopefully it ends with another successful game.

“Three points would be great and it would totally be deserved for our Club, for our players and for all of our supporters because everyone is doing a fantastic job and it would be nice to get the win. We want to finish the year in style, with a strong performance and with a successful result.”

Norwich go into the game on the back of an unbelievable come-back on Boxing Day against Nottingham Forest, and Farke believes Derby will play in a similar style looking to dominate the ball.

“The set-up is quite similar because we were also above Nottingham in the table and the pressure was a bit more on them,” Farke said. “Both teams are really strong, have really good coaches and both teams like to dominate possession.

“I think we were on the front foot with Nottingham with nearly 30 shots on the goal and more than 60% possession, so if we can repeat that performance it will be quite important, but it will be even more difficult because we have to play without some key players.

“I expect a similar game in that small situations can be determining and you have to be awake in each and every moment. When you play such a good side, each and every small mistake can make a big difference.

"But it’s the same for them and we also have to be awake in order to use our situations. I expect a close game, but I hope that our fans will support us again and we have again this atmosphere and this unity at Carrow Road, then everything is possible.”

Despite his side currently sitting second in the table, Farke believes Derby will be the favourites going into the game.

“My feeling is that we are not the favourites in this game although we are above them in the table and we are on a brilliant run, but when you judge their opportunities and possibilities and also the opportunities of signing some really high-quality players they are in a really good position.

“We have to play the game without several key players [Emi Buendia, Moritz Leitner, Jamal Lewis and possibly Christoph Zimmermann] who had such a big impact in our unbeaten run in the recent weeks.

"We know it’s a difficult situation for us to play this game, but we have our unity, we have Carrow Road and we have this spirit and this togetherness in this group. So although in this game Derby is the favourite, we will be rebellious again and try our best to get a result again.”

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