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Daniel Farke: Leeds is important but not season-defining

1 February 2019

Daniel Farke says his Norwich City side are aware that tomorrow's visit to Leeds United is an important one but he doesn't believe it will be season-defining.

Looking at the Sky Bet Championship standings, the game holds added significance because the two sides occupy the top two spots in the table.

But Farke played down the importance of the match in his pre-match press conference.

"We have 46 games in the Championship and we always talk before each game as being a very important game," he said.

"It's not season-defining. If you lose the game, we don't have to be too concerned. It's three points like every other game. A win would be good for self-confidence.

"The Championship is a marathon. There's no coincidence that us and Leeds are at the top, it's deserved. It's two good sides and hopefully we see some good football.

"We know that we face a really good side. It will be a difficult game but we're looking forward to it. We want to play some good football.

"As a player and a supporter, you always look forward to these games. These games are the games why you start playing football."

Leeds' form has dipped lately, seeing as they've lost four of their last six competitive games.

"[Their form] is a sign that anything can happen," the City Boss added. "They are not unbeatable. We don't have to travel and be scared.

"We are full of respect for them but we know we can win points against them. We know everything about Leeds. We've analysed them, what style they play.

"I'm full of respect for Marcelo Bielsa. He's doing a fantastic job. Every manager has their own methods but I'm just concentrated on my team, our style and our topics." 

The match is the second time the teams have met this season. Leeds ran out 3-0 victors back at Carrow Road in August, but Farke thinks his Canaries are much-improved since then.

"The first 35 minutes in the previous game, we played them off the park. But it's also a sign that football isn't always fair.

"They scored with their first shot and ended up winning. The result was comfortable but it was a close game.

"I think we are much better since the last game v Leeds. We had lots of defensive injuries in that game.

"The starting eleven is completely different to the one we've had recently. We've only had one defeat in the last four months. We know we have to be at our best to be competitive tomorrow."

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