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Daniel Farke: We will be prepared and rebellious again

21 September 2018

Daniel Farke said his City side is in good form for Saturday’s away clash with Queens Park Rangers after back-to-back victories.

Norwich have picked up six points in their last two Sky Bet Championship games, with wins at home to Middlesbrough and away at Reading midweek.

And Farke said he is looking to continue that momentum as the team travel away to Loftus Road, with kick off at 5.30pm.

He said: “They [QPR] had a pretty poor start to the season with four league defeats in a row, and now they have had five games unbeaten with the cup game and have got 10 points out of the last four games so they are in form and they will play with lots of self-confidence. But we are also in good shape and have had some really good performances and results in the recent weeks. We are unbeaten in four games with three wins and one draw.

“Both teams are in form and both teams have created a bit of momentum. In terms of injuries it is not the best situation for us at the moment but we will be prepared and rebellious again.”

Farke said he is full of respect for Steve McClaren’s side, and both teams will be battling for a win. 

“They are pretty solid in their defending and don’t concede too many goals. They are flexible in their style. They always play with lots of movement and lots of intensity in the offense.

“We have to be very awake and it will be important to close the centre against them in order to be really solid and really compact in defending because the intensity in their offensive movements is pretty high and we have to find some solutions to handle this.

“I expect a good game because both teams will try to win this game and be there with good performances and I am looking forward to having this game.”

The City boss said he will travel with most of the players who featured in Wednesday night’s 2-1 victory at Reading, with a number of key players still out with injuries.

“Rotation is always a topic and at the moment our hands are a bit bound because of the injuries,” he said. “The lesson you have to learn is that you have to be really brave because a small situation or decision can change momentum and we are on a brilliant run.

“We have to be really careful and awake in each and every situation and to use each and every moment when you are creating this momentum, go for the points and be rebellious against setbacks.”

City’s captain Grant Hanley is still out of action after picking up a quadricep injury at training, but Farke said he has lots of experienced players who have stepped up to that leadership role. 

“It is important when a crucial player is not available due to injury that other players are able to step up," he said. "When Grant is out he is a big leader but we have a really good core group of leaders in our team – Alex Tettey, Timm Klose, Ivo Pinto, Tim Krul, and Mario Vrancic is back and he’s an experienced player on this level. It is important that the responsibility is on many shoulders and that’s what we are trying to do at the moment and I am very pleased with it.”

And after scoring his fifth goal for the Club at Reading, Farke said striker Teemu Pukki has settled into the squad well.

“When you sign a player you always have hopes and I had big hopes that Teemu would be there with good performances and goals,” he said. “His character totally fits to us, to the Club and to the group of players and we were sure he would be able to settle in. He is doing well at the moment and hopefully it can go on.”


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