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Daniel Farke: We were unlucky against Chelsea

24 August 2019

Daniel Farke felt his Norwich City side were unlucky not to take any points from their 3-2 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday lunchtime.

City twice came from behind in the first-half to level at the break. Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount gave the visitors the advantage but both times they were pegged back by City – Todd Cantwell netting his first Premier League and Teemu Pukki his fifth of the season.

However, in baking hot conditions at Carrow Road, Abraham got his second and Chelsea’s third after the interval to make sure of the points for the Blues.

“Performance wise, we delivered without any doubt,” said Farke to “It was a close game with small details making the difference.

“We are disappointed that we just get warm words and compliments. We want to be there with some points and at this moment, we are disappointed.

“I want us to be disappointed. We are not playing for warm words, we are playing to get some points. We were very close to getting a really good result.

City’s character, particularly in the first-half, was on display once again and Farke was impressed with his team’s capability to dig in when required.

“One or three points would have been amazing today,” he added. “The character and attitude from my players is always outstanding. My feeling was a draw at half-time was the right result because we had periods when we dominated the game and Chelsea had periods when they dominated.

“The first 15 minutes of the second-half, Chelsea put lots of pressure on us and sometimes you have to accept that you’ll have periods like this in the game.

“After, we were able to control the game a bit more. Teemu [Pukki] had a good chance and was pretty close just 20 seconds before we conceded.

“We could have defended the first touch of the striker a bit better, but the finish was top-class. He finished through the legs of Grant [Hanley] I think, and it was unsavable for Tim [Krul].

“We were pretty close to equalising, Ben Godfrey hit the crossbar with a header and we had a few crossing situations but sadly the third goal made the difference.”

With City beginning their Carabao Cup campaign at League Two side Crawley Town on Tuesday evening, Farke admitted he will be making changes to his starting eleven.

“This game day was unbelievably exhausting. It was very hot and we invested so much. It’s necessary that we make several changes for the cup as well but we still want to be successful.

“It’s a chance to rest some players and bring some fresh legs onto the pitch. This is what we need to do.”

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