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Daniel Farke: We have to be at our best to be competitive

1 December 2019

Norwich City Head Coach Daniel Farke says that City will need to deliver their A game to earn points against Arsenal and underplayed the impact the recent change in manager will have on the team.

“You always feel for the head coach when such a relationship between him and the club comes to an end,” Farke said, commenting on Unai Emery’s departure from Arsenal. “It’s part of the job and sometimes you have to accept that the club are looking for a new beginning. It makes life more difficult for us to prepare for the game because it’s a bit unpredictable what Freddie Ljungberg will do with the formation.

“Although, it was already unpredictable before because they changed a lot. One of their strengths was to be flexible in a 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-2 with a diamond. The players are still the same and within a few days you can’t change a lot.

“There might be fresh energy in their dressing room, but we can’t influence it, so it doesn’t concern me. We have to be switched on from the first second. The beginning of the first game after changing the manager gives them that fresh energy. Having Freddie there gives a boost to the fans, the club and the players because he knows how it feels to be on the pitch.

“They’re still a top-class club with top class players, especially in offense – world-class players like Aubameyang and Lacazette. We have to be at our best to be competitive.”

Speaking of Pierre-Emerick, Farke crossed paths with the Gabonese forward during their time at Borussia Dortmund and says he’s a top player and person on and off the pitch.

“Aubameyang is a world-class striker,” he said. “He was outstanding in Germany and the last few seasons in England. He’s also a great character with a smile on his face. It’s no coincidence he was allowed to wear the captain’s armband several times in the last few games.”

Sunday’s game represents the start of a busy month for Norwich City, who play eight games from December 1 to January 1, and Farke is under no illusions about the importance of picking up points in this period of the season.

“The main part of the season started at Everton,” he added. “It’s mainly in this part how the table will be made. We want to be as strong as possible to gain as many points as possible. We want to go further on with a good performance and gaining some points against Arsenal.”

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