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Daniel Farke: Small details make all of the difference

31 August 2019

Daniel Farke believes City were outdone by small details and was left rueing an injury to Christoph Zimmermann following Norwich’s defeat to West Ham.

Norwich started brightly and dominated possession but their flow was interrupted when Christoph Zimmermann was injured following a poor challenge from Sebastien Haller that went unpunished. Minutes later Haller put West Ham ahead.

“Of course we were disappointed with the result,” Daniel Farke told post-match. “On this level, against top-class sides, small details make all of the difference. We spoke about three situations we could have used better to have scored goals and also some details where we could have defended our goal better.

“We were dominating the first 20 minutes and creating chances around their box, but their player put in a nasty tackle on Christoph Zimmermann and he injured him. The referee didn’t give a foul and VAR was not able to overrule him because I imagine they felt it wasn’t 100% a clear mistake, and two minutes later Christoph was injured and wasn’t able to sprint back to block the cross that led to their first goal.

“The outcome was my player needs a scan at the hospital and their player has scored the crucial goal.”

Tim Krul made some fine second-half saves as Norwich went chasing the game, but it ended up being a frustrating afternoon for the visitors.

“I thought performance-wise our first half was top-class but when we were 2-0 down we had to open up take more risks. So West Ham had some good counter-attack chances and Tim Krul was there with some decent saves. But if you’re 2-0 down against a side who have spent almost £80m it is difficult to come back.”

Farke also had an update on City’s injured centre-backs.

“Christoph needs a scan, and I hope it’s not too bad. Grant Hanley has a slight muscle injury and a question of maybe two or three weeks or even less until he’s back. Timm Klose is probably out for the season.

“The break is coming at a good time, and we can hope there are no injuries while with their international teams. It’s also a chance to hopefully bring Christoph and Grant back in to team training but we have to wait and see.”

Farke was impressed with Ibrahim Amadou’s debut after he was thrust into central defence following Zimmermann’s injury.

“Christoph was having a top-class performance in the first 25 minutes and we were dominating, and then he had to come off for a player who is still adapting to English football and the language, but Ibrahim was there with a good performance. He’s a holding midfielder, so it wasn’t easy for him to go straight in at centre-back which isn’t his best role. I was pleased with his reaction.”

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