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Daniel Farke: We have to play with a flame in the heart, but be cool in the head

8 February 2019

Daniel Farke says his Norwich City team need to focus on their own strengths in Sunday's East Anglian derby with Ipswich Town (12pm kick-off).

The two sides go into the game on the back of contrasting fortunes since their last encounter. 

Following the 1-1 draw at Portman Road in September, City have only been beaten twice in the league, whereas Ipswich have spent nearly all of the period rooted at the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship table.

But Farke is wholly focused on his team's own ability and believes a positive outcome will be achieved if his squad does the same.

"It's important that we play our game and stick to our plan," he said at his pre-match press conference. "We have to make it our game and then we have a big chance to win the points.

"For Ipswich it's a good chance to change the mood and be back in the relegation battle. They will try to annoy us and break our rhythm.

"It's important we handle this intensity and aggressiveness, but also keep cool to bring our topics on the pitch. We have to play with a flame in the heart, but cool in the head."

"Each and every derby match is different. We want to stay unbeaten and continue without a loss, but I'm sure Ipswich will be motivated for success as well.

"We are prepared for different scenarios and we want to win the points."

Farke said his team is full of confidence and belief following their impressive victory at Leeds United last week.

"It was the result of the season [against Leeds], but the performance is difficult to compare because there are always different tasks.

"It felt a bit comfortable because we were 3-0 up after 75 minutes, without any doubt it was a brilliant performance, but there were topics in the first half which we spoke about which we can improve.

"We were all flying a bit after the win so we take a lot of self-confidence from the game, but we have to get the balance right and not lose the ground beneath our feet and keep our rhythm."   

Farke also thinks that respective league positions of both teams should be discounted: "When you judge it in an objective way you would say we are the favourites because we are the league leaders, but in derby games the league position is not important.

"In each and every game they have been pretty close to winning points and that's a sign of how close the league is.

"There is a big difference in the table but for me the meaning is not too big."

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