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Daniel Farke: We have to keep in control of their players

2 November 2018

Daniel Farke says Norwich City’s defence will be “in brilliant shape and of a high class” to compete against Sheffield Wednesday’s physical threat on Saturday.

City lost 5-1 at Hillsborough in May with Atdhe Nuhiu scoring a hat-trick for the hosts. However, Farke believes the City defence will be able to cope against the Owls physical presence this time around.

“One of their big strengths is their physical strength and tall offensive players, so if [Adthe] Nuhiu or even [Steven] Fletcher are playing they are big and strong,” Farke said.

“It’s difficult but we have to keep in control their players and keep them as far away from our goal as we can.

“I think at the moment all of our centre backs who are fit are in brilliant shape and of a high class, which is key."

The City boss was full of praise for Mario Vrancic - the midfielder was influential mid-week at the Vitality Stadium, playing in a more advanced role.  

“It was important for him [Vrancic] to play in this game, because we played a pretty good side and he had a pretty outstanding performance.

“Mario played in a bit more of an offensive position than he had done in the games he had played before, but he was able to cope with this pretty well, he’s always a good option.

“It was only because of the good form of Marco Stiepermann, Emi Buendia, Todd Cantwell and Onel Hernandez that he was not playing.

"I like him some times in the bit deeper role because sometimes, he’s able to dominate the ball and the rhythm of our games.”

City travel to Hillsborough with Daniel Farke complementary of the Owls' start to the season.

“It’s a tough place to go, if we had this game three gamedays ago we would have been playing Sheffield Wednesday while they were in the play-offs.

“They had a really good start to the season and with a brilliant spell at the start, a bit like Brentford. They are a big club, and they have a pretty good side and a very experienced coach.

"I’m sure they’ll be motivated to get a result, they are one of the teams that have the potential with a top quality coach to qualify for the play-offs.  It’s a tough place to go but we want to be competitive and rebellious again."

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