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Daniel Farke: It's a crucial game for us

22 February 2019

Daniel Farke said his team are prepared for a crucial game against Bristol City on Saturday, with both teams battling for a place at the top of the table.

The City boss said the game was one of the two toughest matches they face in their final 13 games, and his side would need to be focussed and concentrated in order to win points.

Farke said: “We know that even last season Bristol were pretty close to being in the play-offs and perhaps a big cup load cost a bit of energy in the end, but right now they are on a more than decent run and to be there with so many wins in a row, especially in the league, is outstanding.

“I spoke with the team about how we have already faced many, many top teams in this division, but there are still at least two games left against top sides – one is at Middlesbrough and the other is against Bristol because they are two of just six teams who are able to finish above us in the end table. They are just a few points away and have several games in hand, so it’s a game where we have to be at our best level to win points.

“I think it’s also a crucial game because it’s important to finish above them in the end table and if we are able to win this game it would be a massive step to finish in the play-off ranks. So, it’s a big, big game for us and we have to be really focussed and concentrated. We know that it’s a big chance for us to make an important step to being there in a good position in the finishing table.”

The Canaries last faced Bristol in December at Ashton Gate, with Norwich fighting back to share the spoils in a 2-2 draw. And Farke said they are expecting them to play in a similar style to last week’s opponents Preston North End.

He said: “Their pressing is always on a good level so we will have to find some solutions in order to bypass them and to keep the ball and if we are able to do this then we will have opportunities to create chances. The second topic is they are also capable to sit deep and defend strong, so in the recent games they didn’t concede many goals and they had many clean sheets.  

“It will also be important that we find some solutions to create chances if they drop back, to be patient and also really clinical in the finishing because they don’t allow the opponent many chances. And it’s important to control their counters because it’s also one of their big strengths.

“In many topics we have to be good in this game to get the result we all want to have, but it’s never easy to win points and we are prepared."

After playing two games away from home last week and training in the north-west, Farke said his team are looking forward to being back in their living room.

“After two difficult away games it’s nice to be back at Carrow Road,” he said. “We expect a brilliant atmosphere and hope that our fans are there to help us because we need again tomorrow to be one unit in order to be successful. This is definitely one of the biggest tasks you can have at this moment in this league.”

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