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Daniel Farke: We're more together than ever

14 February 2018

Daniel Farke says the creation of a new Players’ Lounge at Colney Training Centre is helping foster an even greater sense of togetherness among his Norwich City squad.

Design company Bluespace have worked to transform a former conservatory into an entirely fresh area, allowing players to spend more time with each other between training sessions.

"They have the opportunity to come together here and communicate," Farke told reporters on Wednesday afternoon at the lounge’s unveiling.

"We wanted them to have a feeling that they don’t just come together for work. It’s a really nice room and it’s good for the atmosphere - they watched the last points of the Australian Open final together!

"It gives us an extra two or three per cent. That extra two or three per cent can sometimes determine games, so we’re happy.

"We want them to work hard and to work professionally. It’s important for them to have a quiet space which is familiar and feels like home so they can relax."

The Canaries’ growing camaraderie comes at a fitting time, with the second East Anglian derby meeting with Ipswich Town looming ever larger on the horizon.

"It’s always an exciting week because we all know the games against Ipswich are probably the most important of the year," he added.

"In the first game we had a brilliant away win, which made our fans happy. We know how important the game is for our supporters and we want to give them that winning feeling again.

"The pressure is on Ipswich to show a reaction from that last game. We are the home team and in good shape so know we can play in a self-confident way.

"In a derby, there is no favourite. It’s a special day for the clubs and we want to be successful so we’re looking forward to it."

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