Daniel Farke says Norwich City are looking forward to the challenge of facing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Emirates FA Cup third round replay.
Norwich fully deserved their draw against the Premier League champions at Carrow Road, and they meet a Chelsea side without a win in four matches. But Farke is expecting a tougher test in the replay.
“I would prefer it if they had won their last four and then would maybe be paying less attention to this game!” Farke told the press on Tuesday lunchtime. “They haven’t scored for three games so they will be wanting to show they can score, especially in a home match.
“They know they have to be focussed to beat us after how well we played in the first game, so it’s going to be trickier to be successful – especially as it’s away. Chelsea will maybe be focussing on the FA Cup to win a trophy, but we can play without any pressure and enjoy this game. We’re looking forward to it.”
While Chelsea boss Antonio Conte hinted that he might rest some of his players due to being involved in the early kick-off in the Premier League on Saturday, Farke knows City will be facing a strong side.
“They can’t have a weak line-up,” Farke said. “They played with Cahill, Zappaccosta, Rudiger, Luiz and Willian in the first game, who are all amazing players. I expect them to have a strong squad, and that’s what we’re preparing for.”
After Norwich’s agonising defeat at the Emirates against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup and the draw with Chelsea, Farke is hoping for third time lucky against one of the Premier League big-hitters.
“I’m hoping for another brilliant performance against one of the giants, and we’ll have a special plan for tomorrow. Hopefully with a really good performance and if Chelsea aren’t at their very best, then we’ll always have a chance.
“It will be important to keep as much possession as possible, as we don’t want to be running after the ball for 90 minutes – so we have to be brave in our possession and our pressing.”