Daniel Farke said his City side face a tough task on Tuesday as Aston Villa travel to Carrow Road under new head coach Dean Smith.
Both teams go into the game on the back of a victory at the weekend, and Farke said his team will have to fight for points against a boosted side.
“When new faces come in it always has an effect, especially in the short term and it is difficult to prepare your team for this performance,” said Farke.
“I am full of respect already for Dean Smith in his work at Brentford, I like his philosophy, I like how his team is playing and I think Aston Villa is a massive club, so to sign this coach and combination with John Terry who is an experienced player is a brilliant appointment.
“We know it is a tricky moment to play them because there is still this fresh breath and lifted mood after their win but we are prepared for a game where we have to be there with a really good performance, to be competitive and fight for points.”
Reflecting on City’s 2-1 victory at Nottingham Forest on Saturday, Farke said it was the start he was hoping for after the international break.
He said: “It’s important that you have a good start after the international break, to be immediately back in shape and into your rhythm. And it is always good to start with a good result and a good performance and we did both of those, so it was a well-deserved win.”
He also praised City youngster Todd Cantwell, who has secured a regular spot in the starting eleven since making his league debut against Reading.
“He was more or less involved in each and every chance we had [against Forest] and played the key passes, so normally after a game like this he should be there with two or three assists,” said Farke. “He wants to learn and improve each and every day and work hard. It’s important to stay with both feet on the ground and we want this attitude.
“We want to develop and improve our young players’ ability in terms of playing football and also their personality. It’s important to trust them and give them support and also have the feeling it’s ok to make some mistakes. I am totally pleased and happy with how Todd is developing and influencing our game, and he has to go on and keep improving.”
Cantwell is one of a number of young players regularly featuring in Farke’s team, and the head coach said they've got the balance right between enthusiasm and experience.
“The most impressive thing is the consistency in the young players’ performances,” he said. “We totally trust them and we play them and they reward us with good performances which is pleasing.
“But it is always important that you have a good balance of experienced key players who lead the team like Tim Krul, Timm Klose, Alex Tettey and Jordan Rhodes. It’s important to have a good balance between key figures who lead the group and also the energy and enthusiasm of young players and at the moment we have a pretty exciting balance.”
Norwich currently sit sixth in the Championship table having won five out of the last seven league games, and Farke said he is delighted with their consistency.
“To already have so many points and be in such a good position in the table is already outstanding and for me it’s a situation where we are proving at the moment that it’s extraordinary because we are improving our results and our performances and hopefully we can go on.
“I think opponents are pretty respectful at the moment and we are noticed. We want to be successful we want to go further on and be there with this level of performances and also good results.”
Despite being pleased with recent results, Farke said he would like to see his team secure a comfortable win in the games ahead.
“Each and every win we have to fight until the last second and you are a bit scared when the long balls are flying in. It’s pretty pleasing to be able to protect a one goal lead over the line and it shows your team are able to keep the nerves and are good in bringing a close result over the line. But when you have to do this every week it can be pretty exhausting.
“If you win all the games with just one goal it is a sign you have to take a few steps to be in a really good position so it helps us to keep our feet on the ground. We know we have to be there fully concentrated and pretty brave in every game in order to win points in this league and this helps but I would like at some point during the season to have an easier win.”