Daniel Farke says his Norwich City side is looking forward to another special game when they host Ipswich Town at Carrow Road on Sunday.
City have a strong recent record in the fixture, having not been beaten by their local rivals since 2009, and Farke said his players are looking forward to another special occasion.
“Derby games are difficult to predict,” he said to the media at his pre-match press conference. “You can’t say there is a favourite because there are lots of emotions and both teams are highly-motivated.
“We have to be prepared for a game full of intensity. In general you have to do your base stuff and keep it close.
“Ipswich will be there with a high aggressiveness in their offence so we will have to be really concentrated in our defensive performance.
“It will be a close game and we will be prepared to try and get a good result.”
City’s newest recruits - Moritz Leitner, Dennis Srbeny, Onel Hernandez and Marcus Edwards - could get their first taste of the Norwich-Ipswich rivalry at the weekend and Farke says they are all aware of how much the fixture means to the club and supporters.
“Obviously our four new guys were not involved in the first game,” he continued. “They feel how important the game is for the club and supporters.
“They’ve spoken to their teammates and have got an idea for how much it means.
“Moritz [Leitner] played in Germany in the biggest derby [Borussia Dortmund v Schalke] so he knows what to expect.
“All the other guys are prepared and all of our players know what the derby means.”