Daniel Farke believes it’s important for his players to enjoy the atmosphere of their opening home game of the season against Newcastle United on Saturday.
The City boss was dealt several blows by his medical department during the week with the news that Onel Hernandez, Christoph Zimmermann, Timm Klose and Josip Drmic will all miss the visit of the Magpies. Kenny McLean and Adam Idah are also doubts for the Carrow Road curtain raiser.
However, Farke did not want to sound too downbeat in his pre-match press conference, saying that he wants his players and the supporters to enjoy their first taste of top-flight action at Carrow Road since 2016.
“It’s the first Premier League game at Carrow Road in a few years and we should enjoy it,” he said. “We all deserve to be there in a good mood.
“Of course, we are a bit disappointed with the injuries but that’s no excuse. I don’t want to complain too much.
“I trust my group of players and my players right now who have to deliver. We are all looking forward to having this game at Carrow Road and we hope it will be a good afternoon for us.
“We will go into each and every game to win. It doesn’t matter if we play a top-class side away from home or have a game where we think we have the chance to do well - we will go to win.
“We have a chance in every game and we will give it a real go. That is our approach in every game and we will do it tomorrow.”
Farke has taken plenty of positives from the opening weekend defeat at Liverpool, particularly from the character his team showed after half-time.
“The second-half was really important for our morale and self-confidence, especially because we have such a young side.
“When you have such an unlucky development of the game, we knew our performance in the first-half was alright but we were down 4-0.
“To go out and be there with such a good second-half performance and win the second-half was really good.”
On the test of Steve Bruce’s Newcastle, Farke said: “Newcastle is an unbelievably big club.
“It says a lot about their quality that they have strikers like Dwight Gayle, Andy Carroll, Yoshinori Muto and they are able to bring in players like Joelinton, a top-class player, Allan Saint-Maximin and more.
“They also have Miguel Almiron who I like a lot. This says a lot about their capabilities and we know we have to be awake on Saturday.”