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Daniel Farke: We will travel with lots of self-confidence

18 September 2018

Daniel Farke said his City side will be travelling to Reading with confidence after picking up three points at the weekend.

The Canaries take on Paul Clement’s team at the Madejski Stadium on Wednesday night, with kick off at 8pm.

And after Saturday’s home victory over Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship, Farke said his side will be looking to build momentum and pick up more points away from home.

He said: “We should allow the players to feel happy after such a performance and I think it is important. The players are experienced enough to know how close the Championship is and they know that each and every game is difficult and that some of our really important players are out injured or ill.

“We are full of respect for Reading. They had a brilliant last game scoring three goals and a win at Preston is not easy.

“We know it will be a difficult task for us but it is good to have Saturday’s result and performance to be able to travel with lots of self-confidence and perhaps the pressure is a bit more on the home team because they are still in the relegation zone.

“I expect a close game, but each and every game in the Championship is close and you have to fight for each and every point.”

Farke said his team are prepared for a different style of play against Reading.

“Last season they were a pretty possession-based side but now they prefer a more direct style, not always playing long balls and they don’t have as many tall players on the pitch like Middlesbrough,” said Farke.

“It will be 100% a different game. They like to overload the wings and play with some really quality players on the wings, whereas Middlesbrough didn’t cover this position and played more with two strikers, so it will be a different game in terms of tactical behaviour. But we have spoken about this and we are prepared, even though we had just three days between the games to prepare my team for the task.”

Saturday’s game saw both Marco Stiepermann and Christoph Zimmermann in City's starting eleven, who Farke said were crucial to his team’s success.

“Marco Stiepermann was crucial for our win and was there with a really good performance,” he said. “The midfield role is probably his best position because he has all the ingredients you need to be there with a good performance. He is able to cover a big distance, he is technical and he is able to find a good mix between being a passing player but is also able to drive with the ball. He can play the finishing pass and assist, but he is also a threat scoring goals from a distance so I’m happy for Marco that he was able to prove it."

He added: “I can totally count on Christoph. He is always there with an outstanding attitude, he is able to fight and to defend and he is also a leader. He understands what we want in tactical terms, he is an intelligent player and even if he is on the bench he is so supportive of the whole group and I am really pleased that we have him.

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