Daniel Farke says his side will have to match Sheffield United’s intensity on Saturday if they are to extend their good run of form.
Norwich are unbeaten in four games in the Sky Bet Championship and will be looking to do the double over the Blades following their 1-0 victory at Bramall Lane in September. But Farke knows United will provide a serious test for the Canaries.
“Sheffield are a team who play with high intensity, and physically and aggressively,” Farke told the press on Friday lunchtime. “It will be a hard battle, but that’s what you’re searching for as a player. We will look to play with high intensity and physicality tomorrow as well – so it will be spicy, but that’s quite normal.
“I’m really looking forward to the game and hopefully we can go on with another good performance.”
Sheffield United have won once in their last 10 matches, but remain in the playoff positions and Farke doesn’t believe the Blades’ results are reflective of their recent performances.
“I don’t think their form has dipped, just their results,” Farke said. “They’ve had really good periods in games, and have had some bad luck. They’re still in a really good position, and we know they’re a strong opponent and we’ll have to be focussed to be successful in this game.
“Our game at their place showed that you can never guess what the result will be. They were flying high and in good form but we were able to win – so their poor run of form now and our good form is no guarantee we’ll be successful tomorrow. So we have to make sure we’re 100% committed to our performance.
“I only have compliments for the work Chris Wilder is doing there. They’re having an outstanding season, and I’m really respectful of the job he’s done.”