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Daniel Farke: Playing at home gives you more confidence

25 January 2019

Daniel Farke said his City side face a tough set of fixtures in the coming weeks starting with Sheffield United on Saturday, but stressed that no game is more significant than any other throughout the season.

Norwich take on the Blades at Carrow Road with kick-off at 3pm, and despite United sitting just three points below them in the table fighting for promotion, the City boss said he wants his team to face the game as they would any other. 

Farke said: “It’s no different than any of the other weeks, all games are more or less season defining and each every game is massive.

“For example an away game against an opponent who is fighting relegation is a massive game, and in these games you have to win the points.

“You want to become a professional footballer because you look forward to having this type of game.

“I have the feeling at the moment that we have so many massive games, especially in this period of the season. It’s exciting and that’s what we are looking forward to it as a competitor.

“Sometimes it’s even a bit exhausting from the mental side but it’s exactly what we are looking for and we are happy to have so many massive games.

“You have a home game against a mid-table team and you say, okay, these are the games you have to win; right now we face some really strong opponents with Sheffield United, Leeds and then the derby, but it doesn’t mean these are more important.”

Farke praised Sheffield United’s unique style of play, and said they are difficult to play against because they are so different to any other team in the league.

“Billy Sharp is always delivering with goals, David McGoldrick as well they are both on double figures so far," Farke said. "Leon Clarke scored around 19 goals last season, and he hasn’t really been involved this season so it shows the quality and experience they have.

“They are really unique, the way they want to use the wings and their system. They play in a different style to all the other teams in the league, many big teams have struggled against them, but if we can dominate the ball then we have a good chance.”

City will be looking to bring their style of play on the pitch again and continue last week's winning momentum. 

Farke said: “It’s important that we bring our style on the pitch and our strengths on the pitch on Saturday.

“Of course we want to be as successful as possible, we want to win this game and if we aren’t able to win the game then we want to have a draw. You always want to be there with the best result and the best performance you can get.

“Playing at home gives you more confidence because you have a similar surrounding in your living room and the stadium is full with an unbelievable atmosphere, and we are looking to perform again in front of our home fans.”

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